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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ALISON.com, the UNESCO award-winning, free, online education provider for basic education & workplace skills which celebrates its 5th birthday this week, has become the largest and most successful free learning website of its kind worldwide.
ALISON.com, the free online learning provider for basic education and workplace skills training celebrates its 5th Birthday this week. One million people have registered with ALISON across every country worldwide, studying in excess of 100 million pages of free interactive training. ALISON will graduate over 100,000 people through its free Certificate and Diploma courses in 2012 and by the end of 2012, will have 1,000 free online courses.
ALISON Founder & CEO Mike Feerick said that “there is huge demand for freely accessible high quality education and skills training across the world, and ALISON is determined to be the global leader in meeting this need. With increasing access to the Internet, via traditional laptops and PCs to wireless devices, people everywhere are beginning to take advantage of free resources like ALISON, both to better their own economic prospects and the prospects of those around them.”
ALISON provides courses on a wide range of topics in English, Arabic, Spanish, and French. Its largest learner communities reside in the USA and UK, with the fastest growing communities in India, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Yemen and Brazil.
Over one thousand ALISON learners from all over the world have left birthday wishes and comments on the ALISON free learning service in recent days. If you have not heard of ALISON before, take time to read some of these extraordinary messages.