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MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. MOOC are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

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Are Coursera certificates worth for academic positions? [duplicate]

I have a PhD and I concluded a postdoc. Right now, while applying for a new postdoc or teaching positions, I have some months that are free. So, for example, I was considering taking a Coursera MOOC ...
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Citing MOOCs which cannot be accessed

I want to cite a MOOC, but the MOOC is no longer running. The URL I saved only takes me to the course homepage, not the page giving the information I used. Is this acceptable for a reference? This is ...
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Convert coursera courses to ECTs

TL:DR version: I took some Coursera courses, I want to know how many credits they are worth by the institution backing it up (as well as how many credits a semester they offer, preferably, in the ...
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MOOC's for failed modules in PhD applicaiton

I'm applying for PhD's (from the UK) with a low 2:2 BSc and a Distinction MSc, and performed very poorly in a few certain modules of my undergrad degree (including failing two 3rd year modules) which ...
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Where to get a certified "graduate level course work"?

I'm interested in applying for a certain PHD. However in the requirments they are asking for graduate-level course work. I don't understand this exact terminology as I didn't found any course labeled ...
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Online courses notes taking

Friend of mine told me that MOOC platforms recommend not to take notes for better learning experience, that people remember material better after watching a short videos, than after spending some time ...
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Why are there so few Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) for the core college curriculum for a BS in Math?

I've noticed that there are very few Massive Online Open Course (MOOCs) that cover the core college math curriculum, for example Basic integral and differential calculus ODE PDE Linear Algebra ...
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How much does it cost to make a MOOC universally accessible, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990?

Is there any research/study/survey that tried to quantify the cost of making a MOOC universally accessible, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (mirror)? I am aware that the ...
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Is it financially worth it to teach a MOOC (e.g. Coursera)?

I am not sure what the requirements are to teach a MOOC. I guess it is a little different, depending on which platform one is going to teach. As far as I undestand, Coursera offers only 15% of the ...
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Does dropping a Coursera course look bad in a PhD application to the university offering the course?

A few weeks ago I've enrolled in a Coursera course offered by university A, without asking for a certificate. I've completed some of the work, but now my university holds a course on the same topic, ...
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How can I discover new MOOCs?

Back when platforms such as edX were launching, every online course was new and exciting. Forums and mailing lists were active, and there was a strong sense of interaction with everyone involved. ...
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What is the effect of background music in educational videos on the learning outcome?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at the effect of background music in educational videos on the learning outcome? I am aware of (1) but they focus on educational virtual ...
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Where can I obtain the content of closed MOOCs? [closed]

MOOCs are often not as open as their name would suggest. For example, Coursera will soon remove hundreds of classes from its website, and many courses are not open for enrollment after the course is ...
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An assessment system to indicate the outcome of completing an online course

I am a 4th year Electronics engineering student studying in India. I applied to Master's of Science in computer science programs (I wish to change fields) offered by 11 universities in the US, but my ...
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can I reuse Coursera material for my lecture notes?

I have some doubts about reusing some material from Coursera for a set of lecture notes that I put online as part of the courses that I am lecturing. In some ocassions I use some Coursera material, ...
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Why do some MOOCs close their enrollment?

I have noticed that quite frequently MOOCs close their enrollment, and content is made available only for students who are enrolled. Why? Example:
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Mention MOOCs in email to potential PHD supervisor?

I graduated from a top Russian university (computer science) with moderately high grades in 2013 and after 3 years of industry experience decided to pursue a PHD abroad (ideally, in Germany). I know ...
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How has academic research on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) improved MOOCs? [closed]

It seems that the number of more academic papers on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) surpasses the number of MOOCs. Is there any indication that academic research on MOOCs has actually improved ...
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Sharing MOOC forum data

I have the forum data for several MOOCs. Can I legally share it with someone else without going through IRBs or some other administrative process? The data contain timestamp, post title, post body, ...
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How much work is preparing a MOOC-ish course

I have been offered the chance to prepare and deliver 4 undergraduate courses. There are to be forty 15 minute videos per course all to be written and presented by me. It seems they will in the ...
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Is a MOOC "degree" worth putting on your resume? [duplicate]

I've read an article about a Chemist who completed another bachelor's degree in Philosophy by finishing free MOOC courses. His new "degree' may not be academically accredited in any Graduate School of ...
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What is the motivation for a graduate student to help to develop a professor's MOOC?

I've seen graduate students act as course developers for their advisor's MOOC or play a key role in helping their advisor with some other endeavour that is not related to research. What is the ...
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Are free online courses worth anything? [duplicate]

There’s a lot of non-traditional ways to learn science without actually going to college. MOOC is the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear of free and certified learning. But are MOOCs worth ...
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Are MOOCs a good way to show grad schools that I've gained proficiency in a field which is not my major? [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate computer science major with a specialization in networks and communication looking at a masters in molecular genetics. In addition to a GRE biochemistry and molecular biology ...
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Mentioning courses taken on coursera.org in the statement of purpose

Is it of any value to mention a course one is following on www.coursera.org, in a SOP? For instance, if I have a Bachelor of Computer Science and want to apply for a Geoinformatics Master program, ...
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Should I include having taken free online courses without credit or certificate in an application for a master's programme?

I just finished my Bachelor in Psychology and the master's programmes I am interested in pursuing require some experience with at least one programming language. Of course, at no point in my studies ...
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Why is online course enrollment limited to specific times when a course is offered?

Online course providers like edX and coursera offer free courses, but you can only take/enroll the courses at specific times of the year (not any time). Why is that? If you just want to learn ...
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Made some great course slides, now what?

I just spent a year preparing a set of course slides for an introductory course in engineering, and they now look really good. In addition to posting them on my web page, what more can I do to get ...
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Is an X-Series Certificate from edx useful for graduate school? [duplicate]

I saw a similar question posted on the website, but in my opinion this one is different enough to deserve its own space. Currently, I'm working on a self-paced online course on edX called ANUx: The ...
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Is the signature track on coursera useful for MS admissions?

I read through the forum and the opinion seems to be that doing a MOOC is equivalent of reading a book on that subject. This is largely because of that you can cheat through a MOOC. So what if I ...
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What is the value of a Coursera certificate?

I took up an introductory course to forensic science in Coursera, because it was actually the only forensics course I could find that was accessible, however I do wonder if it is worth anything in my ...
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MOOC's certificates on graduate admissions [duplicate]

Do departments look at MOOC's certificates favorably during the graduate admissions process? Will it give me any advantage over students who don't have them if I am trying to enter a PhD program?
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mentioning MOOC's I took in my scholarship application

I'm preparing my application for a master degree scholarship, would it help to put the MOOC's I took in the application, I earned five MOOC certificates and expecting another two in the near future.
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another master's degree or just single courses?

My case is the following, I have already got a MSc in Computer Science, but my field of specialization was Theoretical Computer Science. Actually I am really interested in the field of Machine ...
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How are instructors compensated for teaching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?

This question prompted me to wonder what compensation comes with teaching a MOOC. Most of these seem to be sponsored by universities, but my university doesn't offer them and neither did my PhD ...
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How does one go about starting a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?

Currently my university does not offer any MOOCs. I am interested in creating one. How should I go about it? Does my university need to sign an agreement with one of the providers such as Coursera or ...
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MOOC / video integration into classroom schedule

Please forgive the rambling intro... Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are all the rage when people write about teaching. So many articles have been written about MOOCs killing universities while ...
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How is a Coursera exam typically conducted?

Many Coursera online courses have an exam component. This raises the question: How is a Coursera exam typically conducted? It seems non-obvious to me how one would conduct an exam involving students ...
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How do the completion of online courses impact a Master's application?

I see places like Coursera, Udacity and EdX offer certificates upon successful completion of course work. Also most of the people doing recorded teaching at these places are famous and well known ...
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Can I include the completion of Udacity and Coursera classes I have attended in an academic CV?

Can I include in my academic CV that I have attended and completed the Coursera and Udacity classes I have been taking? I understand that these are not anything major, but the courses definitely gives ...
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Does one get academic credit towards a degree for open online courses?

Lately lots of courses like udacity, coursera, and MITx are provided online. I attended most of them; also I have attended courses in OCW provided by MIT. Now I desire to earn some credits for ...
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