The meteoric rise of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has made higher education from the world’s best Universities available to anyone with an Internet connect. However, apparently there is a cost to free. That cost is inaction. Over 90% of people who start MOOCs don’t complete them.

The persistent problem of the human condition is that so few people actually follow through on their goals and dreams, particularly when faced with constant obstacles and difficulties. And when most student have little invested in their education, they often don’t commit themselves because they have no “skin in the game”.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to make an online learning plan that commits you scheduling and managing the workload so you can finish the MOOCs that interest you. It’s call GroupMOOC and it’s the best tool I’ve come across for streamlining and organizing the process of online learning.

Here is what GroupMOOC can do for you

The GroupMOOC app for iPhone makes it easy to:

1. Create a course plan that allows you to schedule the required workload each week by  automatically importing the course structure data from Coursera, FutureLearn, Udacity and edX.

2. Organize each of your MOOCs by giving you an overview of the hourly workload, deadlines and key events across all your courses. You can also mark tasks complete when done and set up important reminders as push notifications.

3. Connect and collaborate with others by creating groups of friends so you can keep each other accountable and share your MOOC experiences. This alone has a huge impact on maintaining your focus and motivation over time.

If you want to give it a try, you can browse to the GroupMOOC website or download their free iPhone app directly. Unfortunately, they don’t have an app for Android yet.