MOOCs {for Tech Tuesday}

MOOCs are Massive, Open, Online Courses.  Our trusty wikipedian friend can explain the whole concept to you here.  Many four-year universities and colleges are experimenting with offering MOOCs for free.  Imagine 40,000 students from around the globe in one online course.  Oh my!


For some students, completing a MOOC is the ticket to a lucrative job as this NPR article explains.  In the 21st century, we can't underestimate the power of any type of learning, in my humble opinion.  

Lil O and I completed a MOOC about creativity from Stanford this past fall.  On Thursday, this week, I will talk a touch about it.

If you have some free time and want to grow & learn, here are some MOOCs to try....
  • Stanford's free offerings - Just saying you are enrolled in a course at Stanford sounds fantastic, doesn't it?  Of course, if you already attend Stanford you are thinking, no big deal.
  • This cool collaboration of 50+ universities and colleges offers an array of MOOCs.  The Creativity, Innovation and Change course sponsored by Penn State University looks like my cup of tea.
  • Class Central aggregates MOOCs into one place.  There are sooooo many courses listed there.  Which to choose?
  • Udacity offers a wide selection of free MOOCs, you can even pay for some of them and receive real college credit.
  • The team of universities at edX makes this MOOC collection look unstoppable.  Come on Harvard, MIT and UCBerkeley?  Are you kidding me?  
And, you know how I like thoughtful homeschooling and world schooling, right?  MOOCs could take both of those to a new level, especially for high schoolers.  My dream of world schooling Lil O as a teenager is this closer to a reality with MOOCs in my back pocket.

MOOC it out and see what you think.

Best,

Jen






10 comments:

  1. Wow, this is so cool. I think I want to take a course just for the heck of it! Thanks for Educating me and keeping me caught up. I love Tech Tuesdays! xoxo

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    1. Cheryl - I soooo agree. You have nothing to lose. Why not take a free class and learn something new?

      I am also glad you did Tech Tuesdays, too. They are a fav of mine :)

      Jen

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  2. This is amazing! So cool. I love technology! Thanks for sharing. Did you take "A Crash Course on Creativity" at Stanford?

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    1. H E - Aren't MOOCs an interesting compliment to regular college education? And yes, Lil O and I completed the Crash Course on Creativity at Stanford.

      Woot!

      Jen

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  3. So, I've toyed around with MOOCs quite a bit. Curiousity has gotten the better of me at times and I've had to check out all the free courese schools like Yale and MIT offer online (so my nerdy self can feel like a little elite Ivy League student). But when Prof. Lara mentioned that Stanford had a MOOC, and specifically a course on creativity, I was more than intrigued. Of course I had to check it out for myself. And you know what sets the Stanford MOOC apart from any other I've seen? It's actual CLASSES. A lot of the MOOCs have classes online, sure, but most of them have lecture recordings and Powerpoints. Boring. But Stanford actually offers an interactive experience so you feel more like you're taking a real class and getting to work with classmates! My favorite part, though, is Stanford will send you a certificate of completion for finishing any of these free courses. Uh what?! Obviously you're not working towards an official Stanford degree or anything like that, but STILL. All I can think about is how great a few certificates of course completion from STANFORD would look in a teacher's portfolio. Sign me up! :)

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    1. I agree - a certificate from Stanford would look not only cool in your portfolio, but demonstrate your love of learning.

      Go for it!
      Jen

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