The Hundred Massive Open Online Courses of the Canadian Market
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) movement has been present in the educational market for a while now, with 2012 being even coined as the year of the MOOC. Struggling to find their business models, the excitement around this type of courses oscillated over the last years, with major players finally creating a more stable market positioning.
From edX who follows a revenue stream based on certificates to Coursera who offers a mixed approach in which free access is combined with paid certification, secure assessments and even recruitment, all the providers have their different methods of generating profit and creating a sustainable business model.
The disruptive impact that MOOCs had especially on the higher education market has been tainted with problems related to attrition rates and course drop outs. If the excitement around the MOOCs was mainly supported by the big names involved in initiating this movement (Stanford, MIT, Harvard…), the course completion rates have been significantly less than traditional online courses. Several reports point to an average completion rate for MOOCs of approximately 15%. Even though the number is low, there are a series of distinct reasons behind it, and they vary from the perceived usefulness of the course to the way the course itself is constructed for an asynchronous learning delivery method. In other words, students tend to disengage more easily from MOOCs that are not built in an appealing manner.
In Canada, the MOOC bug caught on at an early stage. In fact, the first approaches to open courses were done by Athabasca University. Moreover, it was a Canadian, Dave Cormier that coined the term MOOC.
These all Canadian MOOCs follow different models, from free access to courses that are offered with varying fees. For example, the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design are offering their MOOCs for pay, through the
Concordia University, on the other hand, teamed up with the United Nations for its first-ever Canadian MOOC, a massive open online course on the 'ecosystem approach.'
You can check below a more extensive list* of the MOOCs offered by Canadian universities:
*Please consider the status of this list as a work in progress, since some of the courses presented are currently put on hold, while others are being developed. If you have information about other Canadian MOOCs, please share them with us in the comment section below. We’ll be happy to update this list on an ongoing basis.