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What is a MOOC and why should you be using them?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course – courses are aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.  By ‘open’, it means available for anyone to take, and free!  MOOCs are an affordable way to learn a new skill, (or become more proficient at one) to advance your career or for personal knowledge.

 

Free you say? But who funds them?

Traditionally MOOCs were developed by universities for use by their students.  While that remains true today, other course publishers have entered the market…global technology and education companies such as Google, AT&T, Microsoft and Lynda.com.  One of the keys with free MOOCs is that they are usually free to learn, but if you require a certificate of completion, there is a fee. So, you can learn about project management, but if you want a course to count towards a PMI certification, you pay a fee.

Start your search with both non-profit and for-profit organizations like edx.com, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, to name a few.

 

Are you using MOOCS yet?

There are more than 5,000,000 MOOC students across the globe as of 2016, and that number is growing.  In fact, 36% of people NOT using MOOCs plan to start.  So, what does that mean for you?

Why not get ahead of the curve and impress your learners by checking out some MOOCs to see if any of them could help your organization. 

  1. Determine what you believe your organization needs, (needs analysis) – we can help!
  2. Research the MOOC organization pages for suitable courses.  Don’t get too excited and pick them all, carefully select ones that could help your workforce.
  3. Identify what content or objectives you still require for your audience(s).  
  4. Create top-up learning modules that pick up where the MOOC left off, with content specific to your organization.  They will now be shorter, thanks to your brilliant use of MOOCs! 

 

Dive into MOOCs and let us help you with the top-up modules that speak to your learners specifically. 

We’ll show you how to use both to create a learning path that’s easy and fun for your learners to complete!

 

Source: E-Learning Infographics