MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are a new and revolutionary way of learning. MOOCs allow anyone with an internet connection to take classes from the best universities and colleges in the world for free!
MOOCs are an excellent way to get a top-tier education for free, and they’re also a great tool for lifelong learners who want to learn more about topics that interest them. MOOCs are an education revolution that’s free and accessible to anyone with the time, internet connection and motivation to complete one.
MOOCs have been around since 2012 when Stanford University offered its first online course on Artificial Intelligence. Today there are more than 10,000 courses available online.
Anyone is eligible to enroll in these courses as long as they meet the prerequisites which are typically high school level math and English proficiency. The number of people enrolled in MOOCs has increased dramatically over recent years.
You can even find courses taught by professionals or experts in their fields including Twitter co-founder Ev Williams who teaches courses on technology entrepreneurship at Udacity and Kevin Marks who is a programmer at Google who taught classes on HTML5 development through Codecademy.
Many MOOCs offer certificates once you successfully complete the course upon paying a nominal fee typically $50-$100. These certificates help boost your resume when applying for jobs since employers know that this means you have learned enough to be able to teach yourself valuable information about the industry.
Many MOOCs also offer “specializations” or groupings of classes that are meant to build on one another and allow the student to learn about a particular specialization in more depth than just taking one class. You can even go on to create your own course through some MOOC providers like CourseCraft through edX.
5 Benefits of MOOCs
Free means that you will not have to pay any tuition to take a MOOC. This is because the courses are sponsored by universities and colleges around the world, or they may be provided for free by a government body or non-profit organization.
Free courses typically do not have any fees associated with them, but there may be a small fee of $50-$100 for a certificate of completion.
MOOCs are open enrollment which means that you will not have to apply or be accepted into the course. Anyone is eligible to enroll.
No Travel Costs
With MOOCs there is no need to travel to a university campus in order to participate in the course. This also saves time and money since you can learn from your home.
With MOOCs you can choose what times and days you want to take the class. This allows you to work at your own pace and fit it into a busy schedule. You also don’t have to leave other commitments behind and go off to a university every time there’s a new class starting.
Top Quality Instructors
The instructors of MOOCs are often considered some of the best in their fields, such as professors from MIT or Yale University among many others who teach classes for free on Udacity. Even Twitter co-founder Ev Williams has taught classes on technology entrepreneurship through Udacity. These courses offer quality instructions virtually cutting out the need for expensive textbooks and lectures because all course material is available online for free.