EdX.org, Selected as the Best 2016 MOOC Platform over Coursera and Udacity

After comparing the quality of more than 80 MOOC platforms, Mooclab has put Open edX at the top of the list. User sentiment and feedback have been the main criteria.

This is the official release made by MoocLab on January 25, 2016.

Online Learning Community Website, MoocLab, today released the 2016 Best Online Course Providers to help the millions of students interested in online education compare the quality of more than 80 platforms offering both academic and skill-based online courses. EdX comes top of the list of MOOC Platforms. Khan Academy is ranked #1 of the Free & Low-Cost online course Providers, and the Open University’s OpenLearn, comes first of the Open Courseware Provider list. For those interested in learning to code, TheCodePlayer website tops the free online coding course providers, and Treehouse is ranked the best provider of low-cost online coding courses. Flatiron School’s Learn-Verified Web Developer program comes in first place among the online coding bootcamp providers.

Online learning is gaining momentum globally because of its flexibility, low cost, easy accessibility, increased effectiveness of education technology and the growth in number of internet users. According to recent research, the global MOOC market is set to grow at a CAGR of over 46% from 2015 to 2019, and data collected by MOOC aggregator site Class Central revealed that 35 million people enrolled in online courses in the last four years with 2015 enrollments doubling from 2014.

MoocLab’s League Tables rank online course providers according to criteria that take into account a number of factors relating to the type of offering, such as the number of courses on offer, the quality of the instruction and content, the standing of partner institutions, assessment, accreditation, practicality, social tools and interface usability.

The interactive League Tables can be used by students and lifelong learners to explore factors which are of importance to them and be guided in choosing the appropriate online course platform(s) based on the different measures of importance.

The rankings are based on information obtained from the different platforms and/or user sentiment and feedback sourced from student course reviews, public discussion boards, blogs etc

Read more about the methodology here.

MoocLab’s League Tables have been categorised into the following provider groups:

  • MOOC Platforms
  • Free and low-cost Online Course Providers
  • Open Courseware Providers
  • Online Coding Course Providers
  • Online Coding Bootcamps

Each League Table is accompanied by an interactive Comparison Table providing key information relating to each platform allowing users to make informed choices based on their own measures of importance. Each provider listed in the League Tables also links to a more detailed review of the provider hosted in the MoocLab Reviews section.

The publication of the League Tables is hosted on the MoocLab website: http://www.mooclab.club/categories/league-tables.169/

s 2016 Top 3 Online Course Providers by category 

For the full list of rankings, visit MoocLab’s League Tables Page: http://www.mooclab.club/categories/league-tables.169/

MOOC Platforms

  1. edX
  2. Coursera
  3. Udacity

Free & Low-Cost Online Course Providers

  1. Khan Academy
  2. TED.com
  3. StraighterLine

Open Courseware Providers

  1. OpenLearn
  2. UC Irvine OpenCourseWare
  3. JHSPHOPENcourseware

Online Coding Course Providers


  1. The CodePlayer
  2. Codecademy
  3. Code.org


  1. Treehouse
  2. Udacity
  3. Code Avengers

Online Coding Bootcamps

  1. Learn-Verified Web Developer program
  2. The Hack Reactor Remote Beta
  3. Ronin (Makers Academy)
  4. CareerFoundry

About MoocLab 

MoocLab.club is a community site at the heart of connecting people to online learning via forums, free guides, information & independent reviews for e-Learning enthusiasts. The site aims to provide a centralised resource for people to interact around online learning, obtain information and guidance as well as news and insights on MOOCs and e-learning.