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Open Educational Resources (OER): MOOCs

resources, tools and information about open education and open education resources

Where Can I Find MOOCs?

MIT OpenCourseWare: "MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity, [...] Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.

MOOCs Directory: global directory of MOOCs and MOOC hosts in higher education, K-12, corporate, etc.

MOOC List: a list of current and upcoming classes from various platforms. Easy to search by discipline, and even search by professor or university/learning entity.

What is a MOOC?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. They offer unlimited participation (massive) and are open access, freely available via various sites. Like traditional classes, a MOOC can consist of lectures, readings, and even assignments. MOOCs can be self-paced or they can adhere to more traditional class standards with set lectures and deadlines. MOOCs often include discussion boards so participants, professors, and teaching assistants can interact and discuss the class, lectures, and materials.

MOOCs of Interest to Students & Instructors

Here are some interesting and useful examples of the breadth of content available for both students and teachers in MOOCs.