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Open Online Courses

What is a MOOC? undefined

A massive open online course (MOOC/mu╦Ék/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web” (Wikipedia).

  • Courses are usually free but you have to register; and there is a fee if you want a course certification or to work towards a credential.
  • Many give schedules to follow, but are flexible if you need to change dates.
  • Most have huge class sizes, with students from all over the world.
  • Courses use a variety of online tools including video lectures, articles, discussions, and social networking
  • The quality of platform, content and instructor varies.


Following are links to some MOOCs that may be of interest:


Hundreds of free courses from world-class universities and companies, taught by experts in their fields.


MOOC platform founded by Harvard and MIT, offering university-level courses “for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications”.


A for-profit MOOC (they earn money through advertisements) founded in Ireland, with 1,500 academic and skills-training courses.


An online course marketplace where courses are mainly marketed by the instructors themselves. Courses are mostly on IT and business subjects.

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