Relevance: studying in a pandemic was a challenge for education, which was not ready for the mass introduction of online platforms in the system of conventional (formal) learning. However, Massive open online courses or MOOC platforms have become an active learning tool in many countries over the last ten years. Examples of successful online education practices in Ukraine are the Online Platform of Non-Formal Education, the Prometheus platform of open public online courses, and the Educational Era online education studio. The purpose of the study is to review the capabilities of MOOC platforms in the context of distance learning. Methods: analysis and synthesis; generalizations, methods of mathematical statistics. Results: an overview of educational online platforms, their content, accessibility and variability. It is established that the MOOC platforms today are an effective means of organizing distance learning, which are able to ensure the formation of an individual learning trajectory for students. Conclusions: the reserves of the global innovative educational environment create opportunities for vocational education institutions to review their capabilities and organize effective distance learning for students through MOOC platforms. The latter contain effective tools (video lectures, test and graphic constructors, web resources, etc.) to ensure the productivity of learning and feedback between teacher and student.

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