In this article, we will talk about the 7 best websites for MOOCs.
The best thing about education is accessibility. Apart from educational institutions, education is available online these days. In this digital era, podcasts, educational websites, YouTube videos and audiobooks keep us going. Don’t you agree?
List of 7 Best Websites for MOOCs
Let’s have a look at this list (in no specific order):
- Udemy: “Udemy, Inc. is an American massive open online course provider aimed at professional adults and students.
They only have paid courses. One of the best things is that even you can put up a course and teach people. There’s no bar.
They offer good courses in the fields of Sales, Marketing and other areas. If you’re into Sales, we recommend doing this course.
- Coursera: Coursera has a wide range of courses which are offered by international universities and other contributors. Coursera’s courses are usually lengthy, intricately designed and very detailed. They also offer degrees which people can take up online.
One of the best things about Coursera is their Financial-Aid service. According to this, if you are a single-hand earner or have any other issues because of which you cannot pay for the course, they provide you the course free of charge. All you have to do is submit an application, oftentimes in the form of a questionnaire provided by them.
Another amazing feature is the easy accessibility of their courses. If you’re running late for that project assignment, you can request a reschedule and take up their lectures later as well.
- EdX: At the time of writing this, 438,149 people are learning on EdX. Huge! Courses on this website are provided by Harvard University, IBM, StanfordOnline, Dartmouth, The University of British Columbia, University of Maryland, and many more popular education providers.
Their courses follow a “for all” model. By increasing access through online learning, EdX has opened doors to millions of learners.
- Open Yale Courses: “Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.”
According to their website:
- “All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats
- Registration is not required
- No course credit, degree, or certificate is available through the Open Yale Courses website. However, courses for Yale College credit are offered online through Yale Summer Online including OYC professors John Rogers and Craig Wright.”
- Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
This initiative is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tata Trusts, Bank of America, CollegeBoard, Ann & John Doerr, AT&T, Adobe, etc.
They tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content. They focus on skill mastery to help learners establish strong foundations, so there’s no limit to what you can learn next!
- Saylor: Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative working since 2008 to offer free and open online courses to all who want to learn. They offer nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each built by subject matter experts.
All courses are available to complete — at your pace, on your schedule, and free of cost.
The best thing about Saylor is its provision of credit transfers (credit transfer: a system whereby successfully completed units of study contributing towards a degree or diploma can be transferred from one course to another). Saylor has various College Credit Transfer Partners, such as Southern New Hampshire University, WGU, Purdue Global University, Montgomery County Community College, and Estele Groupe. If you’re someone who wants to get their credits transferred to a foreign university, this is your place to start.
- Udacity: Udacity is one of the best platforms for digital and technical learning. It has various divisions such as School of Artificial Intelligence, School of Autonomous Systems, School of Business, School of Cloud Computing, School of Cybersecurity, School of Data Science, School of Programming, and School of Product Management where they offer courses that can be taken up at any pace, at ease.
This platform mainly focuses on Information Technology and technical learning and has different modules for different types of users, that is, if you’re a learner, an enterprise, or a student.
Learning online can be really fun and easy to access. All the best with the course you choose to study this week!