Is a MOOC Right for me?

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Do you think of yourself as a lifelong learner?  Do you have curiosity about the world beyond what you already know?  Were you always trying to take the maximum number of hours of classes in college beyond just the requirements for your degree?  Do you love to read?  If you answered yes to any or, better yet, all of those questions, you might want to consider taking a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC for short.

Many world renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Duke have free open online courses available for anyone who is interested.  There are a variety of websites that offer these courses, such as Edx or Coursera.  Basically it’s like going to a university and taking classes, but it’s a virtual college that is free and open to anyone.  Either way, you can attend class in your pajamas!

I have never taken a MOOC before but I have been interested ever since I heard of them.  The problem I had was deciding what course to take.  There are so many subjects that I didn’t get to learn about in college (I was a music major.)  The subjects offered range from Greek Literature to Psychology to Game Theory to Calculus.  Some of the courses are 5 or 6 weeks long, some are longer. The descriptions are well written and very appealing.  For a few short hours of studying a week you’ll become an expert in Sociology or Climate Change or Statistics.  My brain starts spinning at the possibilities of things I could learn!

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