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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) can help you achieve the next step in your career

14 Sep

Whether you want to learn about bioethics or the letters of the apostle Paul, there’s probably a MOOC for that. In fact, that class on Christian scriptures is one of the courses Andrej Rasevic is considering. He’s already taken several of these massive open online courses — better known by the acronym MOOCs — in subjects including physics, computer science and the humanities.

Some he took out of curiosity. Others related to his studies at the University of Maryland, where he’s finishing his undergraduate degree part time in physics, math and computer science and plans to continue on into graduate school. Although the MOOCs didn’t count toward his degree, they’ve been a resource for his career in the computer software industry, he says.

“They’re a really good resource to get you going [on career development],” says Rasevic, 40. “They may not get you directly to the end result, but they will definitely move you forward.”

Curious about MOOCs? Here are some key things to consider before enrolling.

Know what you’re signing up for

Massive open online courses are free and accessible to anyone over the Internet. As a result, participants can number in the thousands for some MOOCs and come from all over the world.

[ Full article available at The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/09/14/massive-open-online-courses-moocs-can-help-you-achieve-the-next-step-in-your-career/ ]

 

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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Industry News, MOOCs in the News

 

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