Early MOOC Takes A Different Path

Focused on “workplace skills,” Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online (ALISON) pursues a different agenda than other companies that offer massive online open courses.

With more than 1.2 million unique visitors per month and 250,000 graduates worldwide, Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online (ALISON), founded in 2007, is considered by some the first massive online open course (MOOC).

Not only is it older, ALISON’s goals are distinct from younger MOOCs such as Coursera and Udacity, which have received much more press in part because of their alliances with elite universities.

“Our focus is workplace skills,” company CEO Mike Feerick told InformationWeek in a phone interview. Indeed, ALISON started with two globally in-demand skills: English and IT literacy, the latter in the form of ABC IT, a 15- to 20-hour training suite that remains the site’s most popular course.

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