I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I was so busy I couldn’t write anything, even if I tried. Also, because this blog post requires a special attention with the details, planning and I had to go back and look for everything, because I finished my course a long time ago.
Now for what you’re here:
MOOC & COURSERA
When I was in my first year of university, a teacher gave us an assignment: learn online with MOOC. At first I said, how?! Yeah, well we’re not so advanced in these parts of Europe, so it was a bit confusing for me at first.
After we “bombed” her with so many questions, she then explained to us what’s about MOOC and online courses.
Basically: online open courses from universities around the world.
Wikipedia: “Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs).”
Wikipedia: ” The first MOOCs emerged from the open educational resources (OER) movement. The term MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island in response to a course called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (also known as CCK08). CCK08, which was led by George Siemens of Athabasca University and Stephen Downes of the National Research Council, consisted of 25 tuition-paying students in Extended Education at the University of Manitoba, as well as over 2200 online students from the general public who paid nothing. All course content was available through RSS feeds, and online students could participate through collaborative tools, including blog posts, threaded discussions in Moodle, and Second Life meetings. Stephen Downes considers these so-called cMOOCs to be more “creative and dynamic” than the current xMOOCs, which he believes “resemble television shows or digital textbooks.”
I thought it was interesting so I gave it chance. I registered and then started searching for my prefered studying domains, which were PR & Communications. Found some courses from University of Singapore and then redirected me on Coursera.
“Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors who wanted to share their knowledge and skills with the world. Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng put their courses online for anyone to take – and taught more learners in a few months than they could have in an entire lifetime in the classroom.
Since then, we’ve built a platform where anyone, anywhere can learn and earn credentials from the world’s top universities and education providers.
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate.”
From Coursera you can receive certificates, diplomas and so on, recognised internationally! Of course, if you want those papers you will have to pay for them, but if you just want to learn, you can do that for free (some courses). Just click on the link above and you will read more about it there.
Is it worthy?!
I would say: Yes! Well, you will learn some new skills in just a few weeks, from the comfort of your bed watching Harvard teachers talking about interesting things. And you will have the chance to talk to other students as well.
Harvard… Sounds good right?! Also, paying a few dollars to have a certificate from them? Phew, your resume will rock!
But, you will have to stay focused and willing to finish the course. Hope I could help those of you who are students or know somebody who might need this (share it to them)!
Have you tried it? Or, will you try?
Tell me in the comments.