US Universities Dominate in First Ever Online Courses Ranking
Seven U.S.-based post-secondary institutions have made it into the first-ever world university rankings based on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) performance.
The rankings were compiled by MoocLab on the basis of various performance indicators that include the number of MOOCs provided, the provision of learning pathways, micro-credentials, degrees, and the institution’s average world ranking.
The website ranked 200 universities across the world that offer courses on the three leading MOOC platforms – Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn.
University of Pennsylvania stood second among all the seven U.S. institutions. It offers 134 MOOCs, 16 learning pathways, 4 micro-credentials, and one degree. The Netherland’s Delft University of Technology ranked No. 1 rank for its overall performance.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked third 138 MOOCs, 15 learning pathways, 1 micro-credentials, and four degrees.
“The World University Rankings by MOOC Performance aim to provide performance information and comparisons to potential students across the core areas of university MOOC activity,” said Carolyn McIntyre, founder of MoocLab.
The University of Michigan, University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley are other five universities that figured in the top ten of list.
Overall, 38 U.S. institutions figured among the top 100 universities. Europe ranked second representing 31 percent of all universities listed in the top 100 followed by Asia.