Get a Free Education from Renowned Colleges and Universities
Do you know that you can attend a great university and take courses that are absolutely free? If you have an internet connection you can attend free courses at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world. This includes schools such as Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Princeton University here in the United States, and reputable international schools like Oxford University and the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.
All of these schools and thousands more around the world are offering MOOC courses. MOOC is not the sound cows make after a drinking binge (think hiccup). It is the acronym that describes Massive Open Online Courses. One MOOC that had to do with writing had 43,000 enrollees from the United States and all over the globe.
Usually, there is no charge for attending a MOOC at most colleges and universities, but if you want a credential attesting that you took the course and completed it, you can prepay for the certificate when you register.
Costs range from $30 to $150. The benefit of a verified certificate is that it indicates successful completion of the course. Verification serves to ensure that the credential you received is authentic and gives the certificate value when you are choosing a career and applying for a job.
Why Should I Pay for A Verified Certificate for a Free Course?
If you are thinking of taking a MOOC course, consider the following 5 reasons for paying for a verified certificate.
- Highlight skills on a portfolio or a resume. If you have an online portfolio, include your verified certificate as part of it. Likewise, you may want to post the verified certificate on your social media pages, especially on LinkedIn. You also may get an edge when you include your verified certificate on your resume or job application.
- As mentioned earlier, verified certificates ensure that employers know an online MOOC course was successfully completed and are prone to view the credential as legitimate.
- Studies prove that completion rates for MOOC courses soar when students sign up for a verified certificate. Completion rates that are 10 times higher when a verified certificate is paid for at registration compared to those taking the free course.
- Some verified certificates can give you an opportunity for college credit, particularly if you apply to the school you earned a verified certificate from.
- Students that pay for a verified certificate may be eligible for add on services. One such benefit is the ability to submit and receive feedback something students registering free dont enjoy.
How Do I Find Colleges and Universities that offer a MOOC?
Courses offered by MOOCs are varied and there is no reliable data on exactly how many individual courses are available. This makes finding a MOOC on your own difficult. One way is to visit the different college websites to find out. There are also plenty of free sites that can help, such as MOOC List, Coursera, and Class Central.
Most MOOC courses offered by universities are identical to courses taught in the classroom. So, an engineering MOOC course offered by MIT is the same course taken on campus.
What Should I Expect from an Online MOOC?
How often a MOOC class has lectures varies by institution and subject. Generally, the video lectures are eight to 12 minutes long with at least two pauses for quizzes on the course material. Coursework includes homework, discussion group and tests.