I also took several MOOC courses and I have to admit that they are addictive.
Sitting with a coffee at home, under a blanket with your loved dog on your knees you acquire knowledge from the greatest scientific authorities from such educational centres as Yale, STANFORD or Wharton Business School. what more could you want? Certificate!
There are various options.
First, completely free and without any stress involved with a tight schedule, you can gain knowledge from many fields of science and a wide range of interests. However, we do not get in such a case, any certificates for successfully completed the course.
There is also a second option if you want to obtain a certificate for successfully completed the course, accredited by a given platform educational and scientific centre, you have to bear the cost of the certificate (prices are different – but on average do not exceed $ 50 for 6-8 week course). In addition to the fee is even require an examination learning progress. Every week course requires filling online test to check the level they have acquired in a panel of knowledge. The tests will look different depending on the college accreditation course. Mostly is a multiple choice test consisting of a dozen or so questions. Frequently we have to deal with a limited number of approaches to solving the test. To obtain a certificate from each week’s test in some courses also the final term paper must obtain a minimum of 70-80% of the points.
The training materials take the form of video lectures, often supported by reading additional articles and publications. In the description of the course, you can always find preliminary information on the lecturers, the expected time that you have to spend a week to learn and watch all lectures and outline the course.
In each course in at the same time, involving several thousand people from around the world. Each course has its own forum and you can make interesting contacts with people with similar interests, or from a similar industry, exchange contacts, opinions, questions related to the course. Training materials and videos are mostly in English, but more often appear subtitles in other languages.
The certificate can brag to your CV and social media profiles. Employers appreciate this form of training, because it is often more effective than paid training courses which are sent workers as they require greater involvement of their own, and the more they will be after them in our head.
The certificates look like this:
So, I warmly recommend you:
Coursera – Coursera currently offers more than 500 courses, for more than 4.4 million learners, involving 97 “global partners” and 10 US state institutions (global partners being US and international universities). Around half of the non-US higher education institutions involved are from Europe. Interestingly, practically all the universities that joined most recently are from outside the US, mainly from Europe and Asia. Coursera is making an effort to create critical mass and become the biggest player. It signed contracts with 10 big public US institutions supporting them in using MOOCs in undergraduate teaching. This would include a production of MOOCs, but also adaptation and use of existing MOOCs in blended and face-to-face teaching. Two institutions have already started to offer MOOCs. Reportedly, what attracts these public US institutions is not only the MOOCs concept as such but the fact that Coursera has developed a platform which allows for automatic (machine) assessment in a more sophisticated way than other existing platforms. Coursera has rapidly diversified its mission to include school and pre-school education, in that it aims at providing teacher training courses. In addition to university departments for education, its partners also include training centres for primary and secondary school teachers, museums, etc., among them the Commonwealth Education Trust.
edX – The edX consortium currently comprises 28 universities including the founders and owners of edX, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The edX consortium also includes 17 partner institutions from outside of the US: five European universities: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland), TU Delft (the Netherlands), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Université catholic de Louvain (Belgium), Technische Universität München (Germany), and 11 universities from India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Canada. There are currently 62 courses on offer in different areas, many of them interdisciplinary. edX offers certificates for successful completion of a course at no cost but does not offer course credits. Another interesting initiative which demonstrates the application of MOOCs is the collaboration between edX and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). From 2014 on, edX will provide policy-oriented economics courses for government officials of IMF member countries. But edX leadership recently admitted that it has not decided yet what the main source of revenue will be. In this regard, is the most recent move to join forces with Google might not be too much of a surprise. It is still unclear what exactly this partnership will entail.
Udemy – portal supports online courses mainly in business, information technology, software use, design, art and sports. It encourages students to develop skills of personal and professional cost-effectively, flexible and more interesting than the traditional classes. The portal enables conducting the course MOOC everyone, website Udemy indicates that they are guided by the best specialists in the world, including the most popular writers of the “New York Times”, directors general, celebrities and professors from Ivy League. Not entirely clear whether these specialists are somehow selected and implemented if there is any quality management system – beyond the demand among users. Udemy is funded by Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, 500 Startups and other investors who previously predicted giants such sites as YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Groupon and Yelp (website Udemy). It gets also not high charges for some of the courses offered by them.
Udacity – a commercial company, co-founded by a professor at Stanford, who began conducting online courses in computer science in 2012. According to information available on its website, is a digital university, whose mission is the democratisation of education. To offer vocational education at a lower price to more people. The courses are free but sometimes are charged for certification. Udacity started a business through cooperation with Pearson VUE, a leading provider of electronic tests and final exams recognised by employers.
Udacity unfortunately, does not work with any university. However, the website stated that the company maintains close contacts with 20 companies in the sector of new technologies, such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter and that it is ready to work with companies of any size, provided that they have IT departments or are present in the network. It also offers students assistance in finding employment (Our mission is to offer direct employers and students.).
Futurelearn – founded at the end of 2012. As the first initiative referred to as the national and the first outside of North America, which, according to its website, will gather in one place and under one brand series of free open online courses conducted by leading British universities. The weekly “Times Higher Education” reported that the courses are expected to begin in the second half of 2013. Initially, Futurelearn
will be a capital company. Its owner is The Open University, which will also be financed. In the first edition, apart from The Open University, will attend another eleven other British universities (eight of the Russell Group, two of the 1994 Group and one unaffiliated). According to the weekly “The Economist”, are among them the University of Bristol, St Andrews and Warwick. In an article in the “Times Higher Education” emphasised that among the partners Futurelearn is not the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London or the Imperial College London. “The Economist” quotes representatives of the University of Oxford, who argue that the odds MOOC does not persuade them to any changes and they do not perceive them as anything but revolutionary in scale. While the representatives of the University of Cambridge announced that it is nonsense to perceive courses MOOC as a rival, because [this university] does not work in the field of online education. Criticism was also caused by the fact that universities were selected based on rankings (“Times Higher Education” 20.12.2012).
Further list MOOC organisers of courses are available at:
I encourage you to keep track of interesting websites you the university, many of them as I tried Grenoble Ecole de Management publishes on its website the MOOC courses nothing different of these platforms Coursera or Undemy. I wish interesting courses and unforgettable experience for all MOOC-sheep!!!!