Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, can help students and adults learn new skills that can prepare them for college and the job market. Below is an overview of the top MOOC providers and some of their most popular courses. However, please note that while there are benefits to MOOCs, these courses do not lead to a college credential in many cases.
Coursera offers courses, specializations, online certificates and online degree programs.
Self-study may be looked upon favorably by some colleges and universities and can enhance your chances for admission at more selective colleges.
These are some of Coursera’s most popular courses and may be useful for both college admissions and career development.
These courses are recommended for continuing education and career advancement purposes.
Udacity offers online courses that teach skills students need to land jobs in the technology industry. It’s known for its nanodegree programs, which are series of online classes that lead to an Udacity credential. It offers nanodegrees in six areas: artificial intelligence, data science, cloud computing, programming and development, autonomous systems, and business. Check out some of their offerings below.
- Marketing Analyst: This program is designed for anyone. Students will learn basic data skills, and how they apply to marketing. This program takes about 3 months to complete.
- Digital Marketing: This program is designed for students with basic computer skills. Students will learn a variety of digital marketing fundamentals, including social media, content strategy, and SEO. This program takes about 3 months to complete.
- Business Analytics: This program is designed for anyone with basic computer knowledge. Students will learn basic data analysis skills. This program takes about 3 months to complete.
- AI Programming with Python: This program is designed for students with knowledge of basic algebra and programming. Students will learn the essential foundations of AI. This program takes about 3 months to complete.
- Intro to Self-Driving Cars: This program is designed for students that have an understanding of coding and algebra. Students will receive an introduction to self-driving cars — how coding and mathematics are involved. This program takes about 4 months to complete.
- Android Basics: This program is designed for anyone with a basic understanding of computers and access to a computer that can run Android Studio. Students will learn applicable, real-world skills to build apps. This program takes about 3 months to complete.
Udemy offers 150,000 online courses in topics designed to prepare learners for the evolving working world.
edX is a nonprofit organization founded by Harvard and MIT whose mission is to increase access to higher education. It offers more than 2,500 online courses and some online degree programs from 140 colleges and universities.
- Global Freshman Academy from Arizona State University and edX: This program allows students to take online courses to earn transferrable ASU credits. There’s no application necessary and you only pay if you earn the grade you need to earn credit.
- Master’s Degree in Computer Science (University of Texas – Austin)
- Master’s Degree in Accounting (Indiana University)
FutureLearn’s online courses are taught by college professors and industry leaders. Courses are aimed at a wide range of objectives ranging from developing a new hobby to preparing for a new career. A few universities also offer degree programs via FutureLearn.