July 3, 2017
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.
If you are thinking of taking a MOOC course, consider the following 5 reasons for paying for a verified certificate.
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.
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.