I love learning new things! anything from a new recipe to a new language can bring joy to my life. I have got my bachelor degree in English Literature and I have been studying for about 16 years total,this means I have tried to fit into the academic community but never really succeeded.
I’m not digging deep into old school-memories but I didn’t like “SCHOOL” even though I loved learning.After I received my BA I didn’t want to continue my studies regardless of my passion for learning.I was so lucky to meet a few people who taught me about online learning and today I’m sharing what I’ve learned from many years of learning online…
Have you heard of “MOOC” ?
It should allow access to a very large number of students, much larger than a face-to-face class, or a traditional online course. In addition, the course should be prepared to accept changes in the number of students in several orders of magnitude, for example, going from 1,000 to 100,000 students, without a major problem for operation.
The course is done remotely via the Internet and does not require physical attendance at a classroom. This feature is essential for anyone from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection can participate in these courses.
Open has several meanings in MOOCs. On one hand, the course should be open to everyone and should not require some prerequisites such as possession of a qualification or a level of performance in earlier studies. On the other hand, the access to educational resources (videos, lecture notes) should be free (but other things, like being able to ask direct questions to the teacher, the correction of the activities, or obtaining a certificate at the end of the course may have an economic cost). .Open. is also often interpreted as it does not make use of a closed learning platform, but educational resources are hosted in different places like websites, blogs, wikis, or multimedia repositories. Finally, “open” is also often interpreted as the course makes extensive use of open content, and in turn, content generated by the course is also published open so it can be reused by others. This latter interpretation of “open” is the least fulfilled nowadays, as the most successful MOOCs are organized by companies, such as Coursera or Udacity, who have little interest in sharing their courses open.
It should have some learning objectives to be achieved by students after certain activities within in a given period of time (therefore, it should have a beginning and an end). In addition, it should have some quizzes and exams to assess the knowledge acquired by students. And there should be some kind of interaction between students and teachers in every possible way (student-student and student-teacher).
Where to find MOOCs?
I leave you a few MOOC finders in here so no matter when you are reading this post you can always find freshly updated courses online.
Are they really free?
Yes and No!
When I started taking online courses for the first time (2013 I guess) everything was completely free,because they were testing all the new tools they had provided.It was MOOC’s early stages and course providers were figuring out how to provoke people to take the courses and not to drop out.
After a while they had to extend the courses, they had to team up with universities, professors, etc. and that clearly could add up to the value and quality of the courses.
So it obviously ended up changing the system a little bit which means depending on the program, credentials,professors and collaborating institutes/universities the price was different.
some courses are free and some are not!
To keep the long story short, some paid programs were added to the platforms like coursera and futurelearn and gradually all the course providers came up with different membership plans at different costs.
I need to add that you can get scholarships from websites like coursera or skillshare
I will write a detailed post about scholarships soon.stay tuned!
What are the requirements? Am I eligible to join these courses?
Anyone can join.You do not need anything except for good internet connection and a computer/tablet/phone. No degrees or grades needed.
Are these courses accredited?
It’s different from one course provider to another. For instance Futurelearn allows you to consume the resources within each course and there is an option to order the printed certificate after paying for it. You can get free upgrades after paying for unlimited plan which means you can request certificates and have access to all the data till your membership expires.
How much time do I need?
Before you enroll, you see a table explaining all the syllabus, estimated time you need to finish the course and everything you should know about the course.You can have your own pace and study whenever and wherever you want to, so it’s not a big deal.
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