Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a fantastic opportunity to study in the comfort of our own homes without any charge or, in some cases, at a low cost. There is a world of subjects available with these high quality courses taught by some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Some of the universities issue a participation certificate, which can be a great way of guaranteeing your professional value when applying for a job. They can also be a good complement to a graduate background. But most importantly, they can fulfill the thirst of knowledge.
Dave Cormier shares the video below, of Neal Gillis, explaining the essentials of MOOCs in a simple and dynamic way, so if you have a few minutes take a look, we can assure you it is worth it!
Here is a list of some freebies starting soon and some self paced courses. Just click on the links and you will be redirection to the e-learning site.
Adventures in Writing - Stanford University - 16th Jan 2015
Shakespeare's Hamlet: text, performance, and culture - University of Birmingham - 19th Jan, 2015
Evolution and Natural Selection - Northwest Career Technical High School - 19th Jan 2015
Empire: The Controversies of British Imperialism- University of Exeter - 19th Jan 2015
History of the Slave South - University of Pennsylvania - 19th Jan 2015
Surveillance Law - Stanford University - 20th Jan 2015
Archaeology of Portus: exploring the lost harbour of ancient Rome - University of Southampton - 26th Jan 2015
Human Rights: Global & Local Protection - University of Padova - 30th Jan 2015
The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed - University of Illinois Springfield
Legal Ethical Governance - Florida International University
Success - Achieve Success with Emotional Intelligence - Taylor's University
The Great Depression to the War on Terror: Enter the World Stage - Seattle Central Community College
From the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties: The Emergence of Modern America- Seattle Central Community College
History 2020: U.S. History from 1877 - East Tennessee State University
First Peoples to the Early Republic: Born in Colonialism - Seattle Central Community College
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools - European Journalism Centre
Here is an interesting video from 2014 of Anant Agarwal, head of edX on TED-Talks. The video explains that MOOCs still matter — as a way to share high-level learning widely as a supplement (but perhaps not replacement) to traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.