Hey, You Kooks…Try a Mooc

Do you enjoy learning? Is summer boring for you because you really want to go back to class? Well, if so, MOOCs may be an option for you.

MOOCs, or massive open online course, are courses which are available for students to take during the summer. There are many different courses to choose from, varying from subjects like mathematics and languages to cooking courses and computer programming. Websites such as Coursera, Udacity, and edx offer free courses. Teachers of MOOCs are professors from Universities, and are very well-educated. You don’t have to be any specific age to sign up for a course; so old or young if you’re thinking about going back to school, MOOCs could be a great possibility.

Creative Programming for Digital Media and Mobile apps (offered through Coursera)

This course is available in June for six weeks. Throughout this course, you will be able to apply your technology skills to create art such as video games, mobile apps, and music. Each week, you will have a project to complete in order to improve your skills on editing technological artwork. So basically, you will be able to create something on the computer. For this course, you do need to have a background of Computer Science, but just enough so that you’ll be able to edit online artwork and more.

First Year Composition (offered through Coursera)

This course begins on May twenty-seventh, and is eight weeks long. This class will guide you as you become a better writer, improve your digital media skills, and  learn to write a great rough draft. If you’re thinking about going into the writing field, this may be a course for you.

Introduction to Computer Science (offered through Udacity)

This course doesn’t have a specific starting date, so you will have to visit the website to find a session you would like to join. For this course, you don’t need to have any knowledge about computer programing. After 11 lessons of programing and working with Python, you will be able to create programs on your own.

MOOCs may not be for everyone, however. With these courses, students get less one-on-one contact with teachers than they might be used to from taking live classes. The courses have an extremely high drop out rate, and students may find that they loose interest in the course.

If you’re curious about MOOCs, try Coursera. It is easy-to- read and has a good format. The Coursera format is so appealing, in fact, that when looking up courses, I accidentally signed up for a guitar course. Just make sure you have the tools you need before you sign up. I even got a confirmation email, and they have no clue that I’m never going to show up to class. Or maybe I will ….