What is a MOOC?

A 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 videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for learners.

Why study a MOOC?

Participating in a MOOC will allow you to build upon your knowledge of a subject that really interests you, or you can find out more about a topic that is important to you. 

How much will it cost?

Most of the MOOCs are free.

Are there any pre-requisites for participating in a MOOC?

There are no academic requirements for taking part in a MOOC. In fact, studying a MOOC may give you a taste of what studying at university level is like, and may help you decide if it's right for you.  Basic computing skills and access to a computer with an Internet connection are essential.  

What is the time commitment?

It varies but a typical MOOC will last five to eight weeks requiring between two and six hours study per week.
How can I access a MOOC?
The librarians recommend the following MOOCs - click on the links and browse for a course!
FutureLearn  run by the Open University in partnership with other UK universities.

edX founded by MIT and Harvard

Coursera  education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide

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