Online Course Report Identifies List of the 50 Best Online Course Providers

NEW ORLEANS, May 6, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — Online Course Report, a publication that evaluates online learning opportunities, has published their 2015 ranking of the 50 best online course providers available here: http://www.onlinecoursereport.com/the-50-best-online-course-providers-of-2015/

O'Reilly Media leads the ranking, which is based on the number of educational offerings on each platform - including video tutorials, recorded lectures, or immersive online learning environments - as well as whether or not each platform implements six of the core online instructional techniques described as best practices by the Illinois Online Network (ION). ION is supported by the University of Illinois system with the aim of supporting quality education and online course instructors worldwide. Channel 9 (Microsoft Developer Network) and Big Think TV were the second and third ranked platforms, respectively.

Other top online course providers included in the rankings are (in alphabetical order):

Adobe Press
ALISON
BrightTalk
CBT Nuggets
CreativeLive
Curious
Digital Tutors
EdX
eLearn UK
FilmMaker IQ
Fora.tv
FT Press
Grovo
Hubspot
Infinite Skills
InformIT
Jack Morton
JER Online
KelbyOne
Learn Dev Now
Learnquest
Lynda.com
Mac Pro Video
MIT OpenCourseWare
National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning
Packt Publishing
PDHEngineer
Peachpit
Pearson IT Certifications
PhLearn
Pluralsight Training
Poynter's News University
Ragan Training
Saylor Academy
SimpliLearn
Skillfeed
Skillshare
TED
The American Management Association
The Great Courses
Training Center
Tuts+
Udemy
Universal Class
Videomaker
VTC
Webucator

According to Merrill Cook, the lead editor for the piece, "We tried to create a balance between some of the best educational experiences online - many of which only offer a course or two but offer one-on-one training, immersive environments, and even group projects - with comprehensive online learning platforms with thousands of offerings. There's a place for both, and no one-size-fits-all solution for online learners. However a balance has been increasingly struck between quality of online instruction and the range of offerings provided by a platform."

At the time of publication this is the most comprehensive survey of online learning platforms for ranking purposes, with over 360 surveyed programs. Metrics used in the ranking include the following:

Number of offerings: (50%) including video tutorials, recorded lectures, or immersive online learning environments.

Online Learning Best Practices: (50%)

Availability of mentoring for at least some program types (8.3%)
An active forum community (8.3%)
The use of supplementary learning materials with lectures (8.3%)
Small group work (8.3%)
Student Projects (8.3%)
Multi-course learning pathways (8.3%)

Online Course Report ( http://www.onlinecoursereport.com) is an online course search and rankings website that seeks to highlight the wide variety of online learning experiences available to today's student.

Online Course Report
Merrill Cook
Managing Editor
731-234-6475
http://www.onlinecoursereport.com/contact/

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