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The number of MOOC portals in Turkey is relatively low when compared to its Western counterparts since MOOCs are still a new phenomenon for Turkey and the Middle East region. In this chapter, the authors reveal the insights of a Turkish pdMOOC (professional development MOOC) portal (http://bilgeis.net">bilgeis.net) which offers 100 courses in order to support the development of soft and technical skills of individuals. In less than two years, registered users on http://bilgeis.net">bilgeis.net have reached to 100.000+. Bilgeİş pdMOOCs are increasingly used by a different audience, including employees, employers, university students, unemployed people, and even K–12 students. Bilgeİş pdMOOCs provide many benefits to this audience. However, running such MOOCs also brings its own set of challenges and unexpected problems. In response, the authors of this chapter shed light on those challenges and issues as well as potential resolutions. Of course, it is expected that this is just the opening act of a much longer play. Five or ten years from now, there may be thousands of niche pdMOOCs in Turkey. Accordingly, this chapter may provide hints for future MOOC developers in Turkey and beyond to help transform traditional professional development policies and practices. What is clear is that despite the challenges inevitably involved in such an enterprise, the authors predict that professional development MOOCs will be a growth industry in Turkey.