100 most popular online courses of 2019 revealed by Class Central

prweb | December 18, 2019

It’s been eight years since a few Stanford professors decided to offer their courses online for free. These courses are now known popularly as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. Since then over 900 universities have launched 13,500 online courses. These courses have been taken by 110 million learners worldwide! Each year Class Central analyses the online learning habits of the site’s users, along with the data from thousands of courses to establish trends and publish course rankings. To build the list, Class Central comed through it's database of MOOCs and made a list of all the courses that were offered for the first time ever in 2019. 450 universities around the world have launched more than 2,500 courses in 2019.

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Over the last 8 years of shooting Discovery Channels Hit show, Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe became increasingly concerned over the skills gap in the United States. Each year millions of skilled trade jobs go unfilled as our country continues to push a traditional 4 year degree.

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Over the last 8 years of shooting Discovery Channels Hit show, Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe became increasingly concerned over the skills gap in the United States. Each year millions of skilled trade jobs go unfilled as our country continues to push a traditional 4 year degree.

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