Alison is a provider of free online courses at Diploma and Certificate levels. Driven by the goal of providing free education irrespective of barriers like geography or economic status, Alison provides 2,000 free online courses, with new offerings every week. Currently, the platform caters to the learning needs of over 17 million registered learners, 3 Million graduates from around the world and over 175 Thousand more signing up every month to access the free education and fulfil their life goals.
As a pioneer of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courseware) movement in 2007, Alison’s vision is to be the world’s leading provider of free high quality knowledge. We will be a catalyst for social change, creating opportunity and prosperity for all our stakeholders. We believe, education, more than anything has the power to change lives and can ripple far beyond the individual learner to family and co-workers, even to nations and the world.
Alison has received numerous awards for its pioneering work, including a UNESCO AWARD for Innovation in ICT for Education in 2011 and World Innovation Summit for Education Award (WISE) in 2013. We understand the importance of enriching lives through the power and joy of learning. Alison has grown a global community of learners and advocates who share their inspiring stories and experiences on how free learning on Alison improved their lives, broadened their vistas and brought positive change to their families and communities.
Alison is the first free online learning platform that has developed and employed a scalable sustainable self-funding model. A combination of advertising revenue, Certificate sales ensure that learners experience an incredible and unbounded source of education as they set out to change their lives.
Headquartered in Galway, Ireland, Alison is a for-profit social enterprise founded by Mike Feerick, serial social entrepreneur, Ashoka fellow and Harvard MBA. To know more about Mike Feerick click here.