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MOOC: how to choose a free and open access training?

MOOCs are online courses open to as many people as possible. (©Thodonal – stock.adobe.com)

Do you want to fill the gaps in your initial training, improve your professional skills, return to English or on a more personal level, learn to play the guitar or do macrame: tell yourself that there is inevitably something on the web online training matching your needs.

MOOCs (pronounce mouk or mok however you like) are massive open online courses (massive open online courses, in English). They were invented by large American universities such as Harvard or MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Today there are many distance learning platforms and MOOCs. We’ll find some In all areas : IT, science, engineering, human resources, business management, marketing, accounting, finance, artistic activities, new technologies, etc.

It is difficult to navigate this jungle of online training.

Ask the right questions

So there is no doubt about the blind launch. Especially since you will need to commit time and energy to benefit from MOOCs.

Before signing up, ask yourself the right questions about offered course content : Does it exactly meet my needs? Do I have the prerequisites for this? Do I have the necessary time to complete the training? Are the teachers well-known in their field? Do they already have publications to their credit?

Then check teaching process. Are they just lectures without any interaction with the teacher? Are there practical exercises, opportunities to interact with other participants (forum, moderated working groups)?

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Prefer well-referenced MOOCs

When it comes to choosing your MOOC, it’s better to make a decision platforms already referenced on pages dedicated to training. As such, Pôle Emploi has created an online service that compiles well-known and respected apps, MOOCs and various collaboration tools to create topic-based discussion groups.

Not all online training is free. However, there are many mechanisms to finance them. The job shop service provides a wealth of information for finding finance.

The most important platforms include:

  • FUN, France Digital University, was established by the Ministry of Education.
  • EDX is a non-profit platform created by MIT that hosts many online college courses.
  • OpenClassrooms, the European leader in e-learning, offers a catalog of more than 1,000 online courses.
  • Google Digital Workshops: the essential reference for digital professions.
  • HandiMOOC: 1st MOOC in France dedicated to job search for people with disabilities. HandiMOOC is a free online training course that supports beneficiaries in the stages of their job search through tools and advice.

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