28 November 2019
There has been a significant expansion in online learning over the last few years although perhaps not as much as was hoped or feared. There are now 70 million people taking MOOC (massive open online course) courses with Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. MoocLab, a site dedicated to online learning, has published the World University Rankings by MOOC Performance. It rates universities according to the number of MOOCS provided, the provision of learning pathways, micro-credentials, and degrees. In addition, there is an indicator that combines the scores for the THE and QS World University rankings and the Shanghai rankings. First place goes to Delft University of Technology followed by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The top 100 list is dominated by the United States while the UK, Australia and Asia also do well. There are 38 US universities in the top 100 and 11 British, 11 Australian, and five Chinese. The Netherlands, Canada and Hong Kong have four each and Germany, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Sweden, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Denmark and France are also represented.
The top ten universities are:
- Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
- University of Pennsylvania, USA
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Coventry University, UK
- University of Michigan, USA
- University of Washington. USA
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), USA
- Deakin University, Australia
- Harvard University, USA
- University of California Berkeley.