MOOC, massive open online courses, is a type of distance learning that has been changing in the past 15 years. Nowadays you can find hundreds of courses starting every month covering almost any subject you can imagine.
The majority of MOOC courses are on university-level, but this is gradually changing. The courses are online and free, they have no admissions requirements, but sometimes is necessary to have previous knowledge for specific courses.
In general, the courses take around 8 weeks, they are offered in several languages with the option of subtitles. Every week you can follow some videos, read articles and participate in forums where different subjects of the course are discussed with your classmates from all the world. There are also quizzes, homework and final exams or projects. Some courses are self-paced, specially in Udacity so students didn’t work together in a cohort like on Coursera and edX
There are millions of students around the world at this moment taking those free courses. Coursera and edX, are up to nearly 13 million users and more than 1,200 courses between them. Khan Academy, which began as a series of YouTube videos, is making online instruction a more widely used tool in classrooms around the world.
In The New York Times article Instruction for Masses Knocked Down Campus Walls, author Tamar Lewin stated, “in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.”
One of the big changes will come in 2 years when the MOOC’s will be also open for people with disabilities. Just few weeks ago, edX announced that they agreed to make its moocs more accessible to people with disabilities. The agreement calls for a number of changes, such as making edX’s website, mobile applications, and learning-management system fully accessible in the next 18 months.
So check this sites and go back to class!
3. Khan Academy
6. Future Learn
10. Code Academy, (even kids can learn to code)
And a bonus, 5 apps to help you to find, follow and finish your MOOC