What are MOOCs?
Before we go to discuss this fast growing trend of MOOC's that has taken over the student community worldwide, it is important that we understand what does MOOC stand for. And more importantly what are MOOC's? If one is to go by its full form, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. And as for the definition of the MOOC stated in the oxford online dictionary it states that, 'MOOC is a course of study made available on the internet without charge to a very large number of people.' This might however leave a big question mark on the authenticity of the course material provided in these courses. But to clear any lingering doubts that you have regarding the course material or the usefulness of the courses offered on MOOC platforms you might find some comfort in the fact that these courses are also offered by some of the most prestigious universities in the world such as MIT, Harvard, Cambridge and many others.
Reasons for the growing popularity of MOOC's
One simple reason of doing a MOOC is that it can be taken by anyone, anywhere in the world. You gain access to the course material and the professional guidance from the some of the best universities and professors in the world. The best part being that most of these courses are free and you can take them at your own convenience and pace. You could take a class on a subject that is not available in your college or you could just simply take a course to increase your knowledge base and check out another professors views on a topic of your subject specializations. Let's have a look at some of these reasons in details.
Freedom To Learn Anything
The best aspect of online learning is that you can takes classes on any subject or course. You don't require to pass a test or something to be able to take the class. Whether you wish to take a class on biotechnology or digital marketing you are free to learn just about any subject that interest you. Also, there are different level courses available on the same subject like introductory level courses are for the beginners and the advanced level courses are for the ones who already have their basics on the topics quite clear.
Interact with students worldwide
When you decide to take on a MOOC course you present yourself with a chance to hold interactions and discussions with students worldwide. Forums, peer review and real-time discussions are some core features of majority of Mooc courses available today. Course instructors also encourage students to give constructive feedbacks on the works of the other students enrolled in the course. It helps develop a sense of accomplishment and contribute to the concept of collective learning.
Get a head start in subject of your specialization
Some students utilize MOOC courses to learn new skills while the others use it to enhance and increase their knowledge base on the current topics of their specialization subject. If you have been taught the basics of a particular subject in class you can go ahead and take the next level class on a MOOC platform and be ahead of your class mates. Also when your professors teaches the concepts in class you will be able to grasp the concepts much faster and be able to ask relevant questions.
Many see the MOOC's as the future of higher education but how much truth is there in that is quite a debatable issue. In the meanwhile though, these courses seem to hold a lot of benefits considering the fact that some universities have started considering giving credits for certificates earned on successful completion of Mooc courses. So, what are you still waiting for? If you haven’t already, enroll in a MOOC today of your interest. Liked this article? Please share it with your friend and peers. And for more such articles on college life, please visit www.jagranjosh.com/college. Alternatively, you can also get such articles directly in your inbox by submitting your email id in the form given below.