It is a pleasure to say that I was busy with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) explaining my absence from all my blogs.
What are MOOCs?
Moocs are free online courses asynchronously accessible through the Web, offered by elite universities and other for profit and not for profit institutions. Completion at the moment however, does not warrant a degree but verified certificates may be available.
I started my MOOCs last July 2013 and so far I have completed more than 15 classes taking varying subjects from Writing, Art and its History, Virtual Learning, Tech Entrepreneurship among others. It's been quite a challenge but fun.
Some of the MOOC portals I have personally used where I obtained Certificates of Completion (*):
1. coursera.org (*)
2. edx.org (*)
3. open2study.au (*)
4. novoed.com (*)
5. stanfordonline.com (*)
8. udacity (*)
The challenges in taking MOOCs
1. Desire to Learn - there is no easy way when trying to learn new things. You need dedication and a sense of determination during difficult and unmotivated times.
2. Discipline - online courses are delivered through video lectures, with corresponding reading requirements, assignments to fulfill, quizzes to take under strict deadlines. The examinations must be passed successfully.
It almost like taking the course in a classrooms, but lessons are served virtually. You need discipline in managing your time in doing all these activities.
3. You need to be comfortable with technology; like using computers, emails, web browsers, and other softwares that may go with the learning. And of course, it is very important to maintain an open mind.