Massive Online Open Courses - MOOCs
The cost of attending public four-year colleges has increased by 3.1% beyond the cost of inflation in the last 10 years. The amount of student debt is also rising, and topped $1.5 trillion.
A new form of education is growing rapidly among those who cannot afford college, cannot qualify for college admissions, or do not have time to attend college due to work. This new form of education is called MOOCs - Massive Online Open Courses.
MOOCs are providing free and low-cost access to knowledge to anyone with an internet connection. MOOCs can save money because high school students can take a free MOOC that allows them to determine which career path is right for them before wasting time and money changing majors in college. For example, a student may think that becoming a video game developer would be an "awesome career," but taking a MOOC like "Introduction to Programming" can help him or her understand what is involved and whether he or she would actually want to pursue that type of career.
The dropout rate in MOOC is high with the short courses having the best success rates. Many MOOCs offer "verified" certificates that student may place on their job applications and resumes. In addition, MOOC certificates may lead to promotions. MOOCs are available on mobile apps so that lectures and coursework may be completed anywhere there is time.
MOOC courses include video, reading material, activity or project, interactive forums, weekly assignments, quizzes, and final exam.
Best MOOC platforms of 2018 were:
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