Silicon Valley startups Coursera and Udacity — as well as the Harvard and MIT-backed non-profit edX — may be driving the momentum behind massive open online courses (MOOCs) for now, Gigaom reports. But that doesn’t mean organizations around the world aren’t trying to get in on the action as well. Earlier this year, two-year-old Berlin-based education startup iversity announced that it was pivoting to become a MOOC platform for Europe. On Monday, the organization took its next big step in that direction with the announcement of its first 10 classes, which were selected through an open competition. Iversity said 30 professors from more than 20 countries submitted more than 250 MOOC proposals to the contest, which was managed by iversity and Stifterverband, a German educational foundation. The winning courses were chosen by public voting as well as a jury of experts from academia and business. Several of the courses will be offered by German institutions, but universities from Italy and Spain are represented as well.

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