By Chuck Cohn
In recent years, online learning has become an increasingly popular option for many students. Because online learning shatters the traditional borders of education, students can immediately access many benefits that were previously unavailable to them. Resources like MOOCs, OCW, and OERs can help with classes, employment skills, and even test prep. If you’d like to strengthen your test prep with these tools, here is everything you need to know:
What are MOOCs, OCW, and OERs?
The term “online learning” is loosely defined, partially because many of its components are still relatively new. However, there are several nuances worth noting. For instance, you may encounter Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs), which are like traditional classes with taped lectures, individual assignments, and group projects. You might also see OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Open Educational Resources (OERs), which are much broader, less defined online resources that could include readings, video explanations, practice questions, etc.
Students studying for tests like the ACT and GRE are more likely to draw from OCW and OERs, but MOOCs can also be useful. For example, students with large gaps in their content knowledge may benefit from completing a MOOC in a subject like algebra or writing.
Where should I look for online learning tools?
The best place to begin is generally the exam’s official website. For instance, if you’re preparing for the SAT, start with the College Board’s online SAT information. Many test creators offer practice exams and sample questions that you can complete online, and they may even explain why your wrong answers are incorrect. This is a great OER for all test-takers.
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