By Sara Grossman
Although talk of providers of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, has centered mostly on American companies and nonprofit organizations like Coursera and edX, MOOC platforms in other countries have made it clear that they are also looking to stake a claim in this growing realm of higher education.
Japan’s answer to Coursera and edX, Schoo, announced this week that is had raised $1.5-million from venture-capital firms, including Itochu Technology Ventures, the Anri Fund, and the Incubate Fund. Offering more than 130 courses, Schoo is aimed at a Japanese audience of mainly office workers in their late 20s and early 30s. Although it has only 40,000 users now, the company says it hopes to have more than a million students by the end of 2013.
Meanwhile, edX has a partnership with only one Japanese university, Kyoto University, while Coursera has yet to form any partnerships in the country.
[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/american-mooc-providers-face-international-competition/44637 ]