A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. MOOC provide the free online resources for both working professionals and for Students. It also helps to build community interaction through the open forum which helps students ask the question and share ideas among themselves.
Online resources are the best platform for distance learning which allows you to learn anywhere and anytime. There are various MOOC platforms which provide free courses online but it is very important for you to pick the platform which provides good quality online classes with resources from qualified instructors.
I have listed below, some of the high ranked online platform which offers short-term online courses for free of cost. Some of the listed platform offers paid courses with certificates as well as free courses for all, so it’s important for you to select the right one which suits your requirements.
Coursera is one of the famous and most visited sites for short-term online courses. It offers Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with duration range from 4 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the course type. One important advantage of Coursera over other platform is the availability of Courses in 12 different languages. It also provides the opportunity to interact with another student through community forums.
You can register and enroll to Coursera courses for free but certifications are available on paid basis. There are various free courses available in the platform which can be registered and taken for free with any certificates.
Udemy provides a platform for experts from the various field to create Massive Open online courses of their own which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a minimal tuition fee.
You have the opportunity to select either paid or free online courses based on the students rating for the courses.
edX is founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners from all over the world.
edX courses are of the nonprofit and open source. Open edX is the open-source platform that powers edX courses and is freely available. edX offers courses in 5 different languages like English, Mandarin, French, Hindi, Spanish.
Future Learn is a London based free Educational online platform founded in December 2012. FutureLearn is partnered with most of the best universities from the world. It is partnered with British institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School.
Courses are accessible for PC, mobile and tablets.
FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider founded by the UK’s Open University (a distance learning and researching UK University). It offers a diverse selection of free and high-quality online courses from 28 universities like British, Irish, Newzealand and Dutch universities; The British Museum; The British Library; The British Council.
OpenLearn is another UK based educational website. It provides a wide range of free online course under a different category. The original project was part-funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
This platform offers a free Massive Open Online Course in 8 broad categories which are:
Money & Business, Science, Maths & Technology, Education & Development, Health, Sports & Psychology, Health, Sports & Psychology, Languages, Nature & Environment, Society, Politics & Law.
It offers free science and technology courses from basic to advance level.
Open2Study is backed by Open Universities Australia (OUA), an Australian leader in accredited online education. It offers a short-term online course of four weeks. After completing the course you will be offered with a certification of completion.
Open2Study has a facility of Community forum as well where you can post you questions, interact with other students etc. In this platform, you can also find other open Australian universities online Graduate and Post graduate courses.
Vision2learn is an UK based distance learning platform which offers thousands of free and paid online courses for UK residents specially designed for Students and working professionals.
The Vision2learn offered courses are funded by the UK Government’s Skills Funding Agency (SFA). You can take Vision2learn’s Massive Open Online Course for free only if you are;
* aged 19 or above.
** A resident of England
*** An UK or EU resident of three years or longer or able to provide proof that you have settled status in the UK if you are not the UK or EU national.
There might be penalty fees if you withdraw the course in the middle.
ALISON Online Courses:
ALISON is an e-learning platform founded in Galway, Ireland in 2007 Mike Feerick. In ALISON, MOOC courses are available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Urdu languages which are great advantages for non-English speakers.
ALISON is one of the world’s largest free online learning platforms, which offers Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in more than 30 different categories for free. You can get certification after completing the course by taking the assessment.
Courses in Alison are available only in the form of non-downloadable powerpoint with no video available for the same.
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