ALISON (Advanced Learning Interactive Online) claims to be the world's oldest MOOC, having started in 2007.
Courses: ALISON offers 500 certificate and diploma courses in 11 categories, among them IT, languages, business and health.
Focus: Job skills and vocational training.
Sources for courses: Multinational organizations such as Microsoft and The British Council, individual publishers who have qualifications and reputations in specific areas of knowledge, industry experts in their fields.
Cost: Free for the basic version. A premium version provides faster downloading.
Backed by: Founder Mike Feerick and angel investors.
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