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World’s Best Universities providing Education for Free

Dec 16, 2016 12:38 IST
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    In the 21st century, the world is becoming digital, and so is the mode of education. With the advent of massive open online course (MOOC), education has become far reaching and has become accessible to those who always wanted to earn a prestigious degree without investing huge sum of money.

    WHAT IS MOOC?

    In this article, we would guide various aspects which would enable you gain education free of cost. One such mode is known as MOOC. MOOCs aim to connect learners from across the globe with educators and with each other.

    BENEFITS OF LEARNING THROUGH MOOC

    There are various advantages of learning various courses through MOOC. Some of them are listed below:

    1. They are best suited for Working Professionals. While being engage in the job, people can have good access to various courses related to their job profile. Ti would enable them enhance their growth and career development.

    2. MOOCs add value to you existing KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities). Recent development and trends can be learnt through MOOCs. You get a chance to remain updated and let go the traditional practices. A research conducted by Harvard, mentions the following benefits of MOOC courses from career point of view.

    Source: hbr.org

    3. MOOC courses are teaching laboratories. High quality online learning materials are developed for the learners. This study material is delivered to the learners through the “flipped classroom” model, where students are asked to prepare for class by accessing online materials. Such a method is less prevalent in traditional classroom method. Another research conducted by Harvard portrays the following benefits of MOOC courses from education point of view.

    4. It has been observed that students who opt for MOOC courses garner no specific desire to cover an entire course. Hence, MOOC courses are designed in a manner to keep the lectures succinct and enriched with more learner interaction and deeper engagement.

    5. One of the best advantages of MOOC course is that the students need not gather at one place. It saves the learners from time and cost hassles. More importantly, the implications of cultural and economic diversity do not hamper the mode of delivering lectures for the teacher/instructor.

    We have observed that MOOCs are acting as catalysts for introducing change and are acting as useful tools to complement and add value to traditional learning experiences.

    Given below is the trend analysis of the students who have enrolled in the MOOC programmes since 2012.

    Source: www.weforum.org

    The above trend clearly depicts the increasing interest of the learners in enrolling themselves for the MOOC programmes. An escalating trend is a positive indicator of the growth of knowledge which is free of cost.

    NOTABLE PROVIDERS OF MOOC PROGRAMMES

    Given below is a list of MOOC courses providers along with the universities. The Universities provide their free courses through these providers. Learners can have access to the MOOC courses

    S.NO.

    PROVIDER

    INSTITUTION

    FOUNDED

    1

    Stanford Online

    Stanford University

    2006

    2

    Coursera

    Stanford University, Princeton University, Arizona State University, University of Maryland College Park

    2012

    3

    Khan Academy

    N/A

    2006

    4

    NPTEL

    Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science

    2006

    5

    WizIQ

    IIT Delhi, Des Moines Area Community College

    2007

    6

    Udacity

    Georgia Institute of Technology, San Jose State University, Google, Salesforce.com, Facebook, Cloudera, Nvidia, Autodesk, Cadence

    2012

    7

    edX

    MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, UC Berkeley, Kyoto University, Australian National University, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, IIT Bombay, IIM Bangalore, Dartmouth College, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

    2012

    8

    POLHN

    WHO, Pacific Ministries of Health

    2005

    9

    Academic Earth

    UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan, Oxford University

    2009

    10

    Canvas Network

    Santa Clara University, University of Utah, Université Lille 1

    2008

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    So enroll yourself in the MOOC programmes to have an access to free and quality education. This is the best opportunity to get associated with the renowned World universities in order to enhance your skill set.

    Good luck for the MOOC!

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