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Press Releases: World's first MOOC Breaks 3 Million Registered Learners Worldwide

World's first MOOC Breaks 3 Million Registered Learners Worldwide

Mike Feerick

Galway, IRELAND: Friday, 14 February, 2014, ALISON, (Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online) the pioneering free online learning platform focusing on basic education and workplace skills training announced today that it had registered its 3 millionth learner. According to the most recent information available, ALISON is now the second largest MOOC worldwide and the largest in registered numbers outside of the United States of America.

Speaking of the achievement, ALISON CEO & Founder Mike Feerick said that “the wave of interest in learning for free online is continuing unabated. As the first free massive online course provider, we take pride in leading the way for other education institutions to follow. There is a huge global market for free learning. The fact is that the market leaders in this space together don’t cater for even 1% of 1% of the likely future demand for what they are beginning to provide. It is early days in one of the most exciting and impactful industries worldwide”

ALISON Learners by region


Our 3 Million learners around the worldwide – Density by Country.  (2007-2014)

ALISON reported that it has been experiencing a surge in demand for free learning in business and management courses, as well as a continued growth in interest in learning languages, particularly English worldwide. Its greatest source of new learners remains the United States; however India and Pakistan are very fast-growing markers for its services.  

ALISON Marketing Communications spokesperson Sinead Ni Neachtain stated that “In the early years, ALISON, grew by simple word of mouth among individual learners. Now seven years old and known to millions, our message of free workplace skills for everyone travels further and deeper. Today, our services are being used much more often by schools and private businesses.  Free is a great price for businesses that want to up-skill their staff with high quality online learning”

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ALISON in Media

Sunday Business Post Building on education's location indifference - Nov 2013
Irish Times He'd Like to Teach the World - for Free - Nov 2013
BBC The Next Big Education Player? - October 2013
EURONEWS EURONEWS visits ALISON HQ - Talks to Learners – Oct 2013
Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference Refining Education for the Next Generation – Sept 2013
The Economist Army of Free Online Resources Threaten Higher Education - The Economist - July 2013
Edxusgroup.com ALISON named one of Europe's most innovative E-Learning Companies - June 2013
Harvard University Bulletin Training the Global Workforce, Gratis - June 2013
InformationWeek.com Early MOOC takes a different path - Information Week - Jan 2013
New York Times Open Education for a Global Economy - New York Times - July 2012

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For further information, please contact Sinéad Ní Neachtain, Marketing & Publishing Operations
Email: snineachtain@alison.com
Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353-91-744528 Mob: +353-87-6738834

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