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In the MOOC-news this month: Arabic MOOC platform Nadrus has reached 100,000 students, French MOOC platform France Université Numérique has reached 500,000 students, and Brazilian MOOC platform Veduca has reached 800,000 students (there’s also 700,000 Brazilian MOOCers on Coursera).
NANODEGREE LITEvia Class Central
Udacity starts offering a cheaper version of its Nanodegree. It costs $79/month but does not include the 1:1 perks of the regular Nanodegree.
MOOCS WITH MENTORS via Class Central
Coursera starts offering mentor-guided MOOCs for $248.
PROJECT-BASED MOOCS via Coursera
Coursera launches 12 project-based MOOCs in topics from persuasive writing to computer construction.
NUMBER OF NON-MOOC ONLINE STUDENTS GROWS via eCampus News
There has been a year-to-year 3.9 percent increase to 5.8 million students. More than one in four students now takes at least one online course (without counting MOOCs).
INDIA PLANNING MOOCS FOR CREDIT via The Economic Times
The University Grants Commission has been asked to formulate a credit framework. Over 500 credit-granting MOOCs from India’s top universities are planned.
MOOC PROVIDERS PARTNER WITH CORPORATIONS AT&T has partnered with Udacity to train its employees. Meanwhile, Coursera is set to prepare course modules for 12,000 Axis Bank employees. The global corporate e-learning market is predicted to reach close to $31 billion by 2020.
INTERVIEW-LESS HIRINGvia Udacity Blog
Flipkart, India’s largest online marketplace, is hiring employees based directly on their Nanodegree projects and Udacity profiles.
MOOCS FOR REFUGEES edX has partnered with a Berlin-based open education startup to offer refugees credit-granting MOOCs. Along similar lines, Google has donated 25,000 laptops to refugees, in order to enable them to take MOOCs.
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Anuar Andres Lequerica is Class Central’s analyst. He has a graduate degree in education policy and has taken at least eight online courses across all the different platforms.