Differences between a MOOC and an online course

A series of characteristics set MOOC apart from e-learning courses. They are set out in the following table:

MOOC  e-learning course
A technological design that facilitates the dissemination of the activity of participants through one or more platforms. Use an e-learning platform (LMS) with a set number of functions and structure designed for interaction with lecturers.
Open environment Closed environment
Free access Access on payment of registration fee
Massive participation Limited group
Support of the community and of the instructors Majoritary support of the teaching staff
Range of communication tools, including the use of social networks Communication through debate forums
Emphasis on learning process rather than evaluation and accreditation Evaluation and accreditation oriented
Depending on the platform, periodical sessions are open automatically Offered at very specific moments of the academic year