MOOCS for All28th August 2014 in Learning
There was a time – not too long ago – whereby if you wanted to learn about a new subject you either enrolled at the local college or borrowed a bunch of books from the library. Nowadays things are so much different. Just a quick online search will reveal blogs / videos / tutorials / forums / web pages about almost any subject you’re interested in. However, because they can be created by anybody these resources do have their drawbacks: they are sometimes poorly organised, out of date, or just plain wrong.
Luckily a new trend has started among Universities across the world and that is the idea of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). These online courses, allow you to sign up and take part in selected modules ranging across most any subject you can think of. They are sometimes run at the same time as the live courses and sometimes can be taken in your own time. Some of them even allow you to receive an accreditation on completion (although there is usually a fee).
Having taken programming and web courses on edX and Coursera I can honestly say that getting a Harvard education whilst sat on your own couch hundreds of miles away from campus is pretty great. So whether starting a new career or just interested in learning something new, MOOCs are definitely something to check out.