MOOC's (Massive Online Open Courses)

What Are MOOC’s?

The rise of the internet has led to new education upstarts including Khan Academy (a non-profit with free online micro lectures from kindergarten to university) and massive open online courses (MOOC). MOOC’s are basically university and professional classes available for study on the internet. The business model differs by provider but it usually involves free or low cost courses from top universities, however for a certification fee, users can receive credit for classes taken and passed towards a university or professional degree.

 

Some of the best known MOOC’s include:

- Coursera (a for-profit organisation with free online classes from top universities and educational institutions including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, etc with fees for certificates of for-credit courses),

- Udacity (a for-profit offering university and vocational courses for professionals)

- edX (a non-profit offering online university classes with over 60 different schools, nonprofits, corporations, international organisations offering courses for free or fee based for-credit certificates).

 

What Are The Advantages Of MOOC’s?

- MOOC courses allow you to take classes for personal interest or to study towards a degree over time

- MOOC courses are cheaper than attending university

- For a certification fee, you can receive university or professional credit for passing a MOOC course

- MOOC courses do not have structured class times, you have complete flexibility to do the work when you want

- MOOC courses are delivered over the internet and are therefore accessible by people at all income levels, all over the world

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