Gotta Do My MOOCs

I admit, my dad and I don’t always agree (understatement of the century), so sometimes it takes a while for me to get off my box of tricks and peek into his box of tricks. This is one of those things that are in his box and I have finally put into mine; the MOOC.

[Links at the bottom]

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massively Open Online Course. MOOCs are free online courses and are available to anyone to enroll. However, you can usually pay a fee (lowest I’ve seen is $49) and get a proof of competion/certificate thingy that you can then put on your LinkedIn profile or on a resume. It’s pretty cool if you just want to brush up on a skill or learn something new. Schools like Harvard, MIT, and Julliard offer MOOCs and there are so many subjects to choose from.

Why do a MOOC?

As I said, you can do a MOOC to brush up a skill, or even learn something new. Here’s the thing. You can do, whatever you want. I’m a biology major, but I’m currently doing a Music Theory MOOC from Julliard. On the other hand, I’m also taking an intro to Genetics and Evolution MOOC from Duke University because I’m hoping to go into genetics and want a little bit of a leg up. Remember that 2046 game? I found a MOOC that teaches you how to code your own images to it and make it your own. There are so many topics out there from different schools, big schools. You can do them for free and just explore the content, or pay a bit and be able to prove you took the course and passed.

How do you take a MOOC?

So, I’ve told you the what and why, but here’s the how. I currently am taking my MOOCs from two places, Coursera and edX. Both are perfectly nice sites, so it boils down to what they offer and personal preference to design. My Coursera course has more of an online course feel. While it is self paced, there are still due dates for when you should have the week’s work completed. My edX course is pretty relaxed, I apparently have until 2020 to access the content and get it done. However, upon further poking around, some of the courses have a tighter time limit more akin to your traditional online course, so it definitely depends on what you take as to how long you have and how to pace yourself.

Review and Other Points

I just want to make this clear. I’m not a fan of online courses in the slightest. I feel like I forget about them and they just don’t get done. But these, I love. The videos are great and it is quality content from various schools. Coursera and edX also have apps, so I can take my courses with me when I’m away from my computer. I think learning something is fun to do and is definitely a better use of your time instead of sitting around and wondering what to do because you’re bored. The other site I looked at is called Udacity, that’s where I found the one about 2048. Udacity is more computer science based, so there’s courses about programming and systems. Udacity also offers what they call nanodegree preograms.

Links:

Coursera – https://www.coursera.org/

edX – https://www.edx.org/

Udacity – https://www.udacity.com/

Make Your Own 2048 Udacity Course – https://www.udacity.com/course/make-your-own-2048–ud248

Let me know in the comments what you think about this form of learning.

Until next time, Sanders out.


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