MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, first appeared in 2012, and today thousands of them are being offered. Two of the most popular online course platforms, Coursera and edX, offer hundreds of courses regularly, from top universities around the world. Here at UniversitySpot.com, we put together a list of MOOCs starting soon, so you can quickly browse the course titles being offered on Coursera and edX, which university is offering the course, and when the course starts. All courses are free, although some do offer certificates -- sometimes for a fee -- if you pass the class.
Along with their university partners, Coursera and edX are offering more than 600 courses this winter. Some of the courses being offered include The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours (Harvard), Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming ( University of Edinburgh), and Basic Statistics (University of Amsterdam). You can check out a list of the 10 most popular Coursera courses of all time here. Popular courses are often offered multiple times throughout the year, so if you see a course you want to take that is no longer enrolling students, you can always check back with UniversitySpot's list of MOOCs starting soon to see if a new session of that course is being offered.
Signing up for a course on Coursera or edX is easy. All you have to do is create a free user profile. There is no limit as to how many courses in which you are allowed to enroll. The course instructor will email you when the course begins and provide guidance on how to proceed. All course materials -- from lecture videos and reading materials to quizzes and assignments -- are posted on the edX or Coursera course page.
Perhaps the best part about MOOCs is that they accommodate pretty much any schedule. You can learn at your own pace, take a course for a certificate or just for fun, watch all of the lecture videos or just some, and complete assignments from home or from a coffee shop. You can even make new friends, thanks to discussion forums and other social learning tools.
Before you get started, you may want to read UniversitySpot's "Q&A About MOOCs" article, which features an interview with a professor who taught a popular MOOC on Coursera that was timed with the 2012 U.S. presidential election.