Who We Are
OnlineCourses.com is a comprehensive resource that offers information and recommendations about free online courses. We understand that higher education represents a significant financial investment for most learners. Our guides include current information about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from a range of reputable web-based providers, such as Coursera, Khan Academy, Udemy, and established brick-and-mortar colleges and universities. We also offer tutorials that explain how to sign up for MOOCs and successfully complete them.
Our top priority is editorial independence and integrity. We strive to provide accurate, unbiased information to help readers gain valuable skills and knowledge through MOOC-based education.
How We Make Money
OnlineCourses.com generates revenue through advertising agreements with select schools and MOOC providers. We may receive compensation from these institutions in exchange for student referrals whenever a site visitor uses our course-search tool or interacts with advertisements in our guides.
Placing ads on our editorial guides can lead to confusion for our readers. Because we value transparency, we clearly label these items as "ads" or "advertisement disclosures" to differentiate them from our objective data-driven content. For added transparency, we never allow these advertising agreements to influence our rankings, lists, or research guides.
How We Maintain Editorial Independence
OnlineCourses.com compiles rankings of the best MOOCs in different subjects, such as computer science, education, and STEM fields. We generate these rankings based on a complex evaluation system, which assesses courses based on accessibility, content, and other important factors. Each course receives an aggregate score that determines its place into our rankings. This methodology ensures our findings are objective and unbiased.
We also maintain strict standards for the sources we cite. Our fact-finders rely on reputable websites and databases, such as the Common Data Set Initiative and Peterson's, and never use sources with questionable or subjective content. We may also include information from additional sources, such as online surveys or expert interviews, to give our guides a more personalized touch. In addition to our guidelines for sources, all OnlineCourses.com contributors follow these strict editorial standards:
- We never include courses or course providers in our rankings based on advertising agreements. Period.
- We never give preferential treatment to any course or course provider. Every ranking is created based on overall scores from our proprietary evaluation system.
- We recognize the importance of transparency, accuracy, and editorial integrity. For this reason, our writers and editors frequently evaluate the site's editorial content to ensure every detail is factually correct, current, and unbiased.
To learn more about our site and how MOOCs can help you, feel free to contact us.