We are in the middle of the first anniversary of the creation of the big 3 MOOC providers (Coursera, Udacity, edX).

  • Sebastian Thrun announced the creation of Udacity on January 23, 2012 as described by Reuters.
  • Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng announced the creation of Coursera on April 18, 2012 in this NY Times article.
  • MIT and Harvard announced the creation of edX on May 2, 2012 in this MIT article.

And what a year it’s been, especially in terms of the engagement of national media, university presidents and boards on the topic of MOOCs, online education and the future of higher education in general. I doubt there is a higher education conference this year that doesn’t mention MOOCs in one form or another.


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