The E-Learning Industry right now is as popular as it is profitable. As a matter of fact, there is a chance that it can reach a quarter of a trillion dollars in net revenue by the early part of the 2020s if it continues on its current upwards trend right now. This only means that money, and loads of it, is coming through the industry through various platforms and courses.

As with any competitive field out there, the e-learning sector has allowed for some courses to rise up and become considered as one of the best currently available in the industry right now. Since you will be looking for some form of inspiration when creating your own courses, it is best that you take a leaf from some of the popular MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) available in some platforms as of recently.

The Data Scientist’s Toolbox

Provided for by staff at the John Hopkins University, the Data Scientist’s Toolbox takes full advantage of Coursera’s data science specialization and has handled over 820,000 students ever since it went online. Topics here will cover the basic tools and techniques that an aspiring data scientist will use as well as a glimpse into their workflow. The main goal of the course is to help students realize that data can indeed be turned into actionable information through the use of a number of tools and techniques. Once the course is completed, a student is expected to identify and classify different data science problems as well as addressing them properly.

Introduction to Finance

Offered by the University of Michigan, this MOOC has served over 840,000 students ever since it was published and is optimized by Coursera’s different tools and features. Due to its popularity, the current incarnation of the online course is actually a part of a four course specialization offered by the university which means it has become integrated into the university’s online finance curriculum. The topics here will include different financial subjects including the time value of money, risk management, returns, alternative financial methods, project management, corporate dynamics, and a capstone project at the very end of the course. While it does cover the basics of finance, it is recommended that students already have a foundation on finance before entering.

R Programming

Offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Joh Hopkins University, this online course is part of the data science online specialization program of the school and has managed to serve over 950,000 students ever since it was activated. This course was introduced somewhere in the mid-2010s to get students to be introduced to the basic programming language in the field of data science and statistics, R. The course was designed to help students learn the basics of reading data into R, accessing R packages, debugging, profiling R coding, writing R-specific functions, and commenting R code. It only takes four weeks to complete and a certificate is provided for those students that do manage to fulfill the course’s requirements.

Machine Learning: Master the Fundamentals

Offered by the Stanford University, this MOOC covers the basics of machine learning, data mining, statistical pattern recognition, and other advanced statistical subjects. It also covers other topics including supervised and unsupervised learning, best practices in machine learning, applications of learning algorithms, case studies, computer vision, applied robotics, medical informatics, and text understanding, amongst several other highly specialized fields. Ever since it was activated in 2011, this MOOC has taken in over 1.1 million students which makes it one of the most enrolled online courses in history. Another claim to fame with the course is that it eventually paved the way for the development of Coursera, an online learning platform dedicated to publishing MOOCs for various universities.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects

Perhaps one of the most popular MOOCs right now, Learning How to Learn covers a very basic problem that most students face right now, mentally preparing themselves for tough coursework. Since its appeal covers a wide array of specializations, especially tough fields, this MOOC has already served more than 1.1 million students ever since it went online during the early 2010s.

A popular subject here is the learning of the two main ways which our brain absorbs information as well as how the brain responds to “bite-sized bits” of information. The course was designed specifically for people who want to learn new skills and acquire new information but are finding problems in their learning or studying habits. Although there are theories covered here, the course is mostly a practical one which makes it all the more appealing to several demographics especially those who get easily intimidated by academically-sounding courses. Also, it is the second online course in history to ever serve more than 1 million students ever since it went online.