More and more high schools are embracing online courses to reach more students and all times of the day. While you can spend a lot of money for online course software, you don’t have to. Here are seven free platforms for teaching online courses.
This list cannot begin without mentioning Moodle first. Moodle is an free platform that is commonly referred to as a course management system or virtual learning environment. To use Moodle you have to either install it on your own server(s) or have someone host it for you. If you don’t have a server of your own, a quick Google search for “Moodle hosting” will lead you to plenty of companies that will host Moodle for you. To learn more about Moodle watch the video introduction below.
Learnopia is a free service that offers hosting for online courses. Learnopia is also a place to find and take online courses. If course creators make their courses free for others to take, then hosting is free. Currently, there are courses on Learnopia that are free and others that require a payment.
eDhii is a service that allows you to create or take self-study courses online. eDhii course creators can offer their content for free or charge a fee for their course content. Course creators only pay a fee if they choose to charge for their course’s content. Course content can include text, images, and videos. People in search of a lesson or course can search eDhii’s listing of courses and lessons by topic. This service is offline as of May 2016.
Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is an online community of people sharing their knowledge through university-level courses. Experts volunteer their time and resources to create and facilitate courses in their areas of expertise. The courses and their associated materials are free. However, enrollment in each course is limited in order to provide an environment in which the course facilitator and their students can interact in meaningful ways. Learn more about P2PU in the video below.