MOOC: Free Learning

What is a MOOC?

It stands for Massive Open Online Course. They feature free educational content via the internet. Schools such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT have donated many courses over the last few years to launch these projects. It has exploded into a massive educational opportunity for people exploring interests, furthering education and getting job training via the internet.

The purpose that propelled my search of these resources was hitting a wall in my own formal education. Frustration led to a pure desire to search for some kind of training to put me where I wanted to be and to explore options I hadn’t explored before. I signed up for many, many classes and courses to see what it was all about. I found much of the content to be very good. Some were very in-depth and could be considered graduate courses. What I really wanted was validation for knowledge I have without the formal degree as proof. Many of the courses had certificates of completion that you could print out. This was quite encouraging.

Much of these courses could be used to fluff up your resume, even if it’s not specific to your particular career path. I really wish these type of sites and projects had been available to me after I graduated high school. I would have been able to explore my interests and not spend any money or financial aid doing so. You can explore any number of fields of study for free. If you still end up going with a degree program you’ll have a better understanding than others who didn’t do any independent studying.

I see the MOOC model expanding in the future. It’s exciting to think where the future of education will go and how it will shape the job market.

Note: I plan to write reviews and suggestions on this topic and expand on my findings over the next weeks and months. I also didn’t include Stanford, MIT and Harvard because the courses they provide are presented either through Coursera or edX.

 


 

M.O.O.C’s and Free Course Providers

A compiled list of links to many free learning websites. Many offer certificates upon completion.

Class Central

https://www.class-central.com/

Mooc List

http://www.mooc-list.com/

iTunes U

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/itunes-u/id490217893?mt=8


 

Coursera

https://www.coursera.org/

edX

https://www.edx.org/

Udacity

https://www.udacity.com/

Academic Earth

http://academicearth.org/

Alison

http://alison.com/

Future Learn

https://www.futurelearn.com

Canvas.net

https://www.canvas.net/

NovoEd

https://novoed.com/

Saylor.org

http://www.saylor.org/

MRUniversity

http://mruniversity.com/

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open2Study

https://www.open2study.com

Open Learning

https://www.openlearning.com/courses/

AllVersity

http://www.allversity.org/

CourseSites MOOC Catalog

https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/mooccatalog.html

GCLearnFree

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

FEMA Independent Study

http://training.fema.gov/IS/

OshAcademy

http://www.oshatrain.org/index.html

Microsoft Virtual Academy

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/

CodeAcademy

http://www.codecademy.com/

Udemy

https://www.udemy.com

ChristianCourses.com

http://christiancourses.com/

Iversity

https://iversity.org


 

Not MOOCs but great resources.

Global Health University

http://www.uniteforsight.org/global-health-university/

South Central Public Health Partnership (SCPHP)

http://lms.southcentralpartnership.org/scphp/

University of Minnesota: School of Public Health

http://sph.umn.edu/ce/online/

North Carolina Institute of Public Health

http://nciph.sph.unc.edu/tws/index.php

Tuts+

https://tutsplus.com/

Creative Live

https://www.creativelive.com

HP LIFE e-Learning

https://e-learning.life-global.org/

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