MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses: Startups Seek Elusive Profits, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

It all started largely as experiments with the goal of enabling students anywhere in the world to attend lectures, as taught by some of the world’s leading authorities at Stanford University and MIT.  To participate in these experiments, students did not need to be enrolled in the universities, they were not required to pay any fees or tuition, and they didn’t have to be anywhere near the Stanford or MIT campuses.  Instead, courses were free and delivered online. In the fall of 2011 at Stanford, three courses were made available as early versions of MOOCs (short for massive open online…

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