Attention students! You know that massive HELP debt you’re accruing? Forget it. You know the traditional university experience you’re having? Move on. You know the degree you’re working towards? Rethink it.
The next big thing in tertiary education is here; it’s online and it’s free.
In an Australian first, the University of Melbourne last month announced that it will offer Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), joining prestigious institutions such as Stanford, Princeton and Harvard in providing free university tuition to anyone with an Internet connection.
And when you consider that the average 3-year Arts degree currently costs a student around $15 000, it’s obvious that MOOCs could have an incredible impact upon student bank accounts.
It sounds too good to be true – gimme the details!
It might sound a little crazy and faddish, but although MOOCs have only just come to Australian shores, they’re seriously taking off around the globe. One MOOCs host alone, a website by the name of Coursera, currently hosts more than 120 subjects from 33 universities, which are accessed by more than 1.2 million students daily. These numbers are only continuing to skyrocket.
While MOOCs graduates don’t receive a degree upon the successful completion of their course, they do receive a certificate from the supervising academic and relevant university. In the short term, this certificate can be used as a fab way to pad out your resume and give yourself that extra edge that employers look for. In the long term, many are predicting that employers will accept MOOCs accreditations just as they do degrees – so get studying, these things are taking off!
Mozo’s Top MOOCs
Here’s a taste of what’s out there in the brand new, super exciting and entirely FREE world of online education:
- 12 weeks of historical goodness from Princeton University, USA. A History of the World since 1300
- 5 weeks of alien fun from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
- 10 weeks of….creating human flesh (?) from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Introduction to Tissue Engineering
- 6 weeks of economic analysis from The University of Melbourne, Australia. Generating the Wealth of Nations
These are just a sample; there’s so much variety out there, so much knowledge to be soaked up and so much serious student money to be saved! The popularity and prominence of MOOCs will only increase from here as new courses are added, even more institutions sign up and we move further and further into the digital age.
So jump aboard the online education revolution – it’s here to stay.