Vanderbilt’s online MATLAB course is a top MOOC

Vanderbilt’s free online course, Introduction to Programming with MATLAB on Coursera, is ranked No. 15 out of thousands of MOOCs (massive open online course) and remains one of the Top 50 MOOCs of All Time, rated by Class Central, a search engine and review site for MOOCs.

Class Central recently updated its list of Top 50 MOOCs for 2018. Class Central ranks MOOCs based on thousands of student reviews.

“It seems we’ve produced a popular course. Once again it’s on Class Central’s Top 50 list,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, professor emeritus of computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, radiology and neurosurgery, who teaches the course with Akos Ledeczi, professor of computer engineering and senior research scientist at the Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems.

Dhawal Shah, author of Class Central’s MOOC Report, contacted Fitzpatrick and Ledeczi this week about the report.

“In providing a small but well-reviewed list of courses, our hope is that new learners will not be overwhelmed when entering the MOOC space. Reviews will help new learners figure out if a course is right for them, and they will have a great first experience,” Shah said.

Vanderbilt partnered with online learning platform Coursera in 2012. The MATLAB course was first offered in April 2015. In the Class Central list, Coursera is the top provider with 26 courses in the Top 50. edX is second with 10 courses.

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