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Enroll and Learn Again in Massive Open Online Courses

I've already graduated in college, and I'm currently taking up my Master's Degree, but I feel so bored and listless. I'm only taking up two courses because of the current course offering in my school, and I feel like I'm wasting a lot of money, knowing that the tuition fee increases every year. So, just last night, I stumbled upon edX.org , a site for MOOC . What's MOOC? It stands for Massive Open Online Course. It's a form of distance learning and open high school, where people from around the world can enroll in courses and learn!

What else did I find out? Most of them were free ! Of course, most of them also don't give credit for college or certificates for credentials. I was so intrigued that I researched for more sites until I came upon ALISON , Saylor Academy , Kaplan , etc. I read, researched some more, and evaluated the sites. It seems there are some MOOC sites that are partnered with Harvard, MIT, UCLA, the British Council, and even Google itself whose experts and professors provide modules, curricula, and video tutorials for free courses.

There are some sites who will direct you to free online courses, where you can order a verified certificate of accomplishment for a small fee. There are also some sites, like Saylor.org's credit aligned courses, which can be credited to a degree. The course is free, but the proctored exam has a small charge. Udemy.com , meanwhile, offers some courses and tutorials for a price. These courses range from music to "Irrational Behavior"! That's right. I read about this course, and it's very popular among MOOC students.

What I'm planning right now is to take up free self-paced courses where I can start and end on my own time. After getting a degree in college, I think it's time for me to also learn other stuff and expand my knowledge. It never hurts to learn new things and deviate a bit from a set path.

So, how about you guys? Have you heard about MOOC before? Have you enrolled in one? I'm excited to learn again and test my mettle! :)


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MsTina wrote on August 5, 2014, 2:06 PM

I've taken a few courses through Coursera. I sign up for all of the ones that seem interesting but hardly ever find the time to devote to them. Ironically, right now I am registered for a Time Management class. It started yesterday and I really need to participate in that one.

Scorpie wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:41 PM

Seeing how I already know the important things in life, stuff flows downhill and payday is on Firday, I hardly see the point.

MegL wrote on August 5, 2014, 5:12 PM

I have done a lot of learning online. It's fun and interesting. I have used virtual university and language learning of modern greek through kypros.org. I am currently studying at university so don't have time for any more. But once that's finished - who knows?

Rhymis wrote on August 5, 2014, 11:55 PM

That's very interesting. I think I'll check that out, too. Thanks.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 10, 2014, 6:00 AM

This phenomenon is really taking off! I became aware of edX because I followed the news about MIT OCW. I've been wanting to find a course to try out, but so far don't have time to enrol.

Feisty56 wrote on August 10, 2014, 7:14 AM

Yes, I learned of MOOC some time ago and enrolled in a course for creative writing. It's wonderful to have these learning opportunities available, many of them through colleges and universities I could never hope to attend in real time.

allen0187 wrote on August 24, 2014, 1:50 AM

First time I've heard of such. Thanks for sharing this. Now, I'm curious and will look it up further. Interested in taking something interested in sports psychology or sports science. Hopefully, there is a free online course there for me that covers these topics.