Make The Best of Online Courses

October 3, 2019
Exam Advice

Gone are the days you will have to put your hand over your head and touch your ear to get admitted into Grade 1. Grade 1 isn't even the first school you'll be attending anymore. Education has advanced unbelievably in the past decade. From learning through audiovisuals to the forgotten need to be physically present inside four walls, we have come a long way.

To learn a new skill, language or art, all you need is a good internet connection and the zeal to learn. Every lesson is digitalised, and some are also real time– you can interact with the instructor, or fellow students live. There are plenty of courses for you to choose from. Online courses, more formally Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) are a boon from the ever-growing technology.

Here are the advantages of taking up a MOOC

Follow your own pace

You need not worry about deadlines or how far your fellow students have gotten. You can take your time to learn each lesson and practice.

Low/No cost

Most MOOCs are free of cost. Yes, you are charged nothing for the entire learning process. While some certification courses might require you to pay, they sure will not burn a hole in your pocket or wallet.

Certificates

Most courses offer a certificate at the end of the course. Some even are degree courses. Which means you will earn a degree at the end of the course. That sure will stand out in your resumé. Your job prospects will improve tremendously.

Large community

The massive number of students taking an online course will serve as an advantage. For any questions you might have, you will receive an immediate response. Student communities are helpful and supportive.

Course Sharing

Course Sharing is one of the most significant advantages of online courses. You can "borrow" your friend's or sibling's course and keep track of your own progress.

The bottom line of most online courses is keeping up your own pace. This proves to be advantageous to most of the students.

It is only fair on our part if we tell you all the disadvantages while we specify the advantages. It becomes crucial for you to know both sides of a coin. So, here are the downsides of taking up an online course.

Own Pace = Laziness (Most times)

When we are given the liberty to set our own pace, proceed at the speed of our convenience, some students tend to get lazy. In one way, deadlines and time limits keep us engaged in the learning process. This particular kind of learning method might not be advantageous to some students in this aspect.

Procrastination

When an opportunity to postpone something presents itself, let's admit, we're all quick to pounce on it. To be honest, online courses are the epitome of providing such opportunities. Self-control is a necessity while taking up an online course.

Distractions

Instructors are watching you with hawk eyes in a classroom environment, whereas an instructor is helpless when most of the learning happens online. You are solely responsible for keeping your attention on the lesson and not getting distracted by the lures of an online environment. As I said, self-control is a must-have quality.

Despite all these cons, the zeal to learn must be bright. It must outshine every negative aspect. Only then will online learning be successful.

There are plenty of platforms that offer a plethora of online courses, ranging from pencil sketching to python programming to pre-med degree. Here are a few such online platforms to give your online learning a kickstart.

EdX

EdX courses are designed to be exciting, fun, and rigorous. They are the best available courses having the best professors and the best schools, spanning dozens of subjects. It was initially founded by Harvard and MIT. EdX now offers courses from 29 of the top schools in the world.

Coursera

With 535 classes and 107 global university associates, Coursera offers you comprehensive education straight by clicking your mouse. If you want to go a step further, sign up for a fee for the Signature Track to receive formal recognition with a valid electronic certificate from universities and Coursera. What's more, the Signature Track also has a free re-attempt! If you can't finish the course, you can ask for a nice coupon for the next Signature Track offer of the same course.

Udemy 

If apart from your research topics, you want to gain practical skills and expertise, Udemy is your answer. If you want to get promoted, break into a fresh sector, start a business, pursue a passion, or speed up your life, Udemy enables you to learn from the incredible teachers in the globe, so you can get there and get there quicker. Discover the classes and regions you want to create featured. Udemy gives you the chance to sit on giants ' shoulders and learn from them, free of charge!

Harvard Open Courses

Harvard Extension School's distance education courses either have an internet video or live web-conference format. Some classes also include an extensive lecture weekend on campus. Online courses span a complete semester, with tasks and tests planned. Note that you will have to pay for particular classes here because of the interactive nature of the web conference lessons!

Khan Academy 

Anyone can access all the resources of the site. It doesn't matter whether you're a 20-year-old student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult, or a friendly alien just attempting to get a leg up in earthly biology. The materials and resources of the Khan Academy are accessible to you free of charge. Take part in brief quizzes and questions in the interactive classroom blackboard teaching style to test your knowledge along with the manner.

To conclude, it does not matter what you do, or what you have studied so far, MOOCs, as the name suggests, are open to everyone. You only need to have a real determination and the thirst to learn. Truthfully, MOOCs are not for everyone. We have laid out the pros, cons and the best resources available, for you. It's up to you to choose what suits you best now. All the very best!


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