- Berlin's iversity announced its initial MOOC lineup, as well as its intentions to be a kind of Coursera for Europe, and as of Monday its first MOOCs have launched.
- Currently, six MOOCs are available through iversity out of the gate (though it had intended to launch with 10), with a total of 24 courses planned in English and German, and iversity claims that more than 100,000 students have signed up.
- European institutions involved with the MOOCs include Hamburg University and the University of Osnabrück, with individual professors from Europe and the U.S. contributing out as well.
iversity CEO Marcus Riecke told Tech Crunch that he hopes to see its MOOCs number more than 100 with more than a million users by the end of 2014. That's a lofty goal, seeing as how Coursera already boasts more than 5 million users. One wonders how much of Coursera's territory iversity plans on cutting into to reach its goals.
The MOOC space is already competitive among its established players. Here's hoping a little more competition improves the marketplace.