MOOCs, massive open online courses, have gained tremendous popularity in the last year and it looks like they are on track to continue along that path for the foreseeable future. These types of courses can be a great way for job seekers to enhance existing skills or learn new skills during the job search process. They can also provide a worthwhile diversion from searching and applying for positions, which can become a monotonous task after several hours.
What’s A MOOC?
MOOCs are online classes that are readily available to anyone who has an electronic device with an Internet connection and some available time. In most cases, these classes are free or available for a nominal charge. Because the courses often have hundreds of participants, there’s not a need to charge tuition rates like those at local colleges and universities. The curriculum is almost always solely online, so there aren’t additional fees for textbooks and other course materials.
MOOCs generally aren’t eligible for college credit, but they are an excellent low cost and low risk way to learn new skills or freshen up existing skills to make yourself more marketable as a job candidate.