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Have you ever wanted to pursue a course of study but didn’t have the time to sit in a classroom? Or perhaps you had the time, but the cost was too prohibitive? Well education and training have progressed where the physical classroom has been replaced with the virtual classroom. Several prestigious universities are offering courses online for free. Yes, you read that correctly, for free. These universities have increased their reach by offering massive open online courses (or MOOCs) to potential students all over the world.

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a free Web-based distance learning program that is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed students.  According to The Complete University Guide (www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk), MOOCs offer university-level courses without the need to complete an entire programme of studies. They offer a large number of students the opportunity to study high quality courses online with prestigious universities, often at no cost. Research has shown that many MOOC users are graduates seeking to top up their skills and competencies.

One caveat, though. MOOCs do not always lead to formal qualifications, and to receive a certificate of successful completion, you will have to pay a small fee.

So where do you go to find a MOOC for you? You can do a simple Google search for MOOC, or you can explore the course offerings from the following sites:

www.edx.org

www.coursera.org

www.futurelearn.com

These are not the only organizations offering MOOCs and we encourage you to conduct your own research. Explore. Learn. Enjoy.