MOOCs and their e-learning capabilities during COVID-19


By Ahmed Ibrahim 

Corona pandemic changed the way of living today whether economically, socially, and even educationally as many people tend to stay and learn from home using the internet especially with the higher rate of unemployment and firms’ policies towards the social distance. There are many ways of E-learning such as MOOCs.

According to Class Central’s report, a website that provides a listing of online courses, there is an increased interest in online education as there is a big rise in learners visiting MOOCs websites as shown in the comparison between 2019 and 2020.

Additionally, it is observed that visitors are rising slowly but they’re still higher than what they were pre-pandemic.

Coursera was able to maintain the most visits by initiatives offering free certificates for 115 courses and giving free access to their catalog to college students and unemployed workers around the world via Coursera for Campus and Coursera for Government.

What are the MOOCs?

They are free courses of study made available over the internet to a very large number of people. Many people study what they want in any field and get certified easily without any need to move out of their homes.

Are MOOCs free?

You can access many MOOCs for free, certain platforms charge a small fee if you want to obtain a verified certificate of completion.

Some universities offer course credit for these online courses. As their name suggests, MOOCs often enroll hundreds, even thousands, of learners at a time. To accommodate such a large student population, these classes usually provide open enrolment.

Are MOOC certificates important?

MOOCs allow learning new skills, advanced knowledge, and professional development. In some cases, it may be worthwhile to pursue a verified certificate as a means to showcase your skills, but mostly, audit learners can acquire the same skills and experience.

What are the MOOC platforms?

1- Canvas Network

It provides professional development classes for teachers, school administrators, and other education leaders. Topics include leading and applying assessment in student affairs, supporting women in STEM fields, and research data management for librarians. Students can access MOOCs in English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

2- Cognitive Class

It is an initiative by IBM to spread data literacy through free classes for students and experienced IT professionals. Users can pursue coursework at their own pace with no time restrictions for completion. These MOOCs cover individual topics like Python for data science, reactive architecture, and digital analytics, and regression.

3- Coursera

It is one of the largest massive open-access course providers in the world, partners with many companies and universities to provide full remote and self-paced learning opportunities leading to digital certificates at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. This MOOC offers many courses in different specializations like business, computer science, physical science and engineering, arts and humanities, and language.

4- edX

It is a leading MOOC provides many courses such as data science and the humanities and offers computer science classes in Python, front-end and full-stack development, and cybersecurity.
Also delivers full online graduate degrees, including master’s credentials for supply chain management, nutritional sciences, and marketing.

5- Future Learn

It is founded by the United Kingdom, students can study short courses to learn new skills in areas like digital product management, ecology and wildlife science, and the future of globalization. They may also obtain micro-credentials from leading universities and major companies.
Students can also earn a bachelor of arts in international business or a master of science in cybersecurity through joining low-cost online academic programs. Unlike other platforms, it structures its courses through narrative.

6- Khan Academy

It offers entirely free online courses that integrate instructional videos, practice exercises, and a personalized learning dashboard, largely supports K-12 students, with content for pre-algebra, English language education, AP chemistry. Students can access preparation materials for standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, GRE, NCLEX-RN, and even the Praxis exams.

7- LinkedIn Learning

It is an American website that offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills.

It is a subsidiary of LinkedIn. Students can access over 16,000 courses in 7 languages available such as English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Mandarin, and Brazilian Portuguese. Candidates can get benefited from 50+ new courses released every week.

8- Iversity

It is a European platform that enables universities to share a broad range of courses with students around the world, providing them with the opportunity to earn recognized credentials, no matter where they are. It cooperates with instructors, higher education institutions, and knowledge-based companies to provide high-quality courses.

9- Open Learning

It is a social platform that offers the best support, encouragement, knowledge sharing, and engagement for the students who can choose between many topics offered by well-known universities around the world to study such as arts and design, business and economics, education, engineering…etc

10- Udemy Faculty Project

The Faculty Project courses will be free forever as they are available to students on demand, include discussion boards for interaction with other students and professors, videos, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, articles, and other resources. This project aims to empower and inspire people to improve their lives and change their worlds.

Prepared by Patrick O’Brien

About the author:

Ahmed Ibrahim is a technology geek, writes about technology trends, technological companies, new products, new technology like artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, and big data. Get in touch with Ahmed via the following account:

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