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Published on Monday, 22 June 2015 16:32
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A Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC (/mo͞ok/),  is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

The term was coined by Dave Cormier (University of Prince Edward Island) in 2008 for a course that was offered in the University of Manitoba.  Twenty five (25)   tuition-paying students enrolled in Extended Education at the University of Manitoba,   and 2, 300 students (that enrolled free of charge)  availed of the “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge” course.   

MOOCS’ features:

MOOC’s offers 3 advantages, namely:

However, an organization using  MOOCs have to face 3 challenges. These are :

UP Open University offers a number of MOOCs.   MODEL is the official MOOC platform of UP Open University.




The Faculty of Management and Development Studies, of UP Open University, also  offers MOOCs. Its first MOOCS on Inter-Local Cooperation (MOOCS on ILC) was launched in March 19, 2015. The first module of  its MOOCs on Inter-Local Cooperation Course opened last June 1, 2015.


List of MOOCs offered by UP Open University




Chen, X., Barnett, D. R., & Stephens, C. (2013). Fad or future: The advantages and challenges of massive open online courses (MOOCs). In Research-to Practice Conference in Adult and Higher Education (pp. 20-21).


Wiley, D. (2013). The Original MOOCs. Retrieved May 1, 2015, from