Ever heard of a silly little acronym pronounced “Mook”? Despite the name, MOOCs are actually pretty awesome. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Basically it is a free participatory course available over the internet to anyone who wants to learn more about a certain subject. These courses are usually high quality classes presented by some of the best educators in the world. And did you catch the part about them being free? Yep, that’s right. Totally and completely free!
Get a great overview of MOOCs by watching this 4 minute video.
It’s important to note that a MOOC is not just passively watching educational videos online. MOOCs are usually taught by academic experts in their field. In addition, you can actively engage with others taking the course generating discussion and debate. MOOCs are about connecting. Studying in sync with other online learners and building upon everyone’s collective knowledge to connect and learn.
So why would you want to take a MOOC?
Is there a niche topic you've always been interested in but never had an opportunity to explore? There is a growing need to make learning as open and accessible as possible. MOOCs support that need for lifelong learning without requiring you to apply for school or register for expensive courses.
Have I intrigued you?