Feb 29, 2016

Free: March MOOC Madness for Educators/Teachers

Today I was reading this interesting article about the popular MOOC "Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help you Master Tough Subjects", and was wishing I could take the course, too. The instructor, Barbara Oakley, was an engineer who was interested in teaching, but wanted to figure out how to reach STEM students. She saw that undergraduate students were finding college math and science a "death march", so she worked with a nuerobiologist, Terrence Sejnowski to create their online course in her basement...


Student with computer overlaid with word: MOOC's
Student, Computer Labs by Thompson Rivers University, CC (BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Over a half a million people have now taken Oakley and Sejnowki's course about Learning How to Learn. It's highly rated, too. Over 11,000 students have given it an average score of 4.8 out of 5.0. So guess what? It turns out we can take it, too. The course is being offered February 29, 2016 by Coursera. Here's the link to enroll: Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help you Master Tough Subjects

But watch out, Coursera has changed. Some courses are still free. But now, some courses are free, but there's a catch: you don't get to submit the assignments (I haven't taken one of these yet). And just like there were previously, there are courses you can pay for, if you want a certificate. But there's now a new wrinkle: paid specializations. Groups of individual courses are bundled into specializations. So if you want to take free courses, search for courses, not specializations.

I've taken MOOC's with Canvas.net, Coursera, and Open2Study. Other organizations I've heard good reviews of have been EdX and FutureLearnI don't work for any of these companies, I just enjoy learning new things, and the price is right: 

March MOOCs


Self-Study MOOC's (highly rated) 

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