Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Massive Open Online Courses emerged fairly recently, typically feature an open registration model for online learners worldwide. MOOC's are increasingly packaged to result in University-branded certifications at a nominal fee. Depending on the platform hosting the MOOC, the pedagogical approach may vary; all are utilizing asynchronous engagement in an environment that resembles social networking on a specific subject matter.
Rutgers is currently partnered with Coursera, one of the pioneering platforms, whose motto is to “provide universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take.” Through this partnership Rutgers has produced MOOCs from its Signature Course series, which are available to students across the globe here: https://www.coursera.org/rutgers.