180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

Once the MOOC “rev­o­lu­tion” got under­way, uni­ver­si­ties, usu­al­ly slow-mov­ing and tight-fist­ed insti­tu­tions, could­n’t run fast enough to put their own MOOCs online. And, right now, we’re see­ing the results. In Jan­u­ary alone, 180 MOOCs from major inter­na­tion­al uni­ver­si­ties, will get under­way. Below we’ve high­light­ed some of the cours­es that intrigued us most, but you can peruse the com­plete list here and make your own choic­es.

If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it soon­er than lat­er. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia study found what was becom­ing empir­i­cal­ly obvi­ous — that MOOCs gen­er­al­ly have very low par­tic­i­pa­tion and com­ple­tion rates, and what’s more, most of the stu­dents tak­ing the cours­es are “dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly edu­cat­ed, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the Unit­ed States. This study, com­bined with oth­er dis­ap­point­ing exper­i­ments and find­ings, will like­ly make uni­ver­si­ties think twice about sink­ing mon­ey into cre­at­ing MOOCs (they can cost any­where from $15,000 to $50,000 to devel­op). It might take anoth­er 6–12 months to see the shift. But I’d haz­ard a guess that this Jan­u­ary might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. What­ev­er their short­com­ings, they can be quite infor­ma­tive, and you can’t beat the price.

See our com­plete list of MOOCs from Great Uni­ver­si­ties here, along with our MOOC FAQ.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

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  • Sheryl says:

    I rec­om­mend Drugs and the Brain through CalTech/Coursera. It’s not an easy course, but it is fas­ci­nat­ing. It just start­ed.

  • Sheryl says:

    (I took it last year.)

  • tottenmichael says:

    It’s curi­ous why high school and Junior Col­lege teach­ers are not embrac­ing MOOCs and incor­po­rat­ing it into high school class­es, even if only for extra cred­it.

  • kuboni thobelinceba says:

    I THOBELINCEBA Kuboni I would like to be your stu­dent this year I passed my matric in 2015 I don’t HV mon­ey to com­plete my study due to insuf­fi­cient fund so can pleas accept me to b part of your team I would appre­ci­ate that a lot

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