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You can find more than 500 accredited free online college classes that provide you with the opportunity to make use of research-based academic resources from some of the world’s best universities. You can use these resources to advance your understanding of a wide range of academic topics. The free courses listed are considered Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). By definition, MOOC means that any interested learner is able to participate in the course. There are no prerequisites or other qualifiers separating an interested student and the material, although some advanced courses will expect that learners have completed other coursework or have a certain level of knowledge in a related area.

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Explained

There are no hard-and-fast rules to free online courses (MOOCs), but there are some commonalities that can be found in most of them. One thing learners can usually find when investigating available courses is the syllabus for the course, which will outline what is covered.


Most MOOCs consist of a series of video lectures that are intended to instruct the learner on the material. Often, the course will include quizzes after some or all of the lectures. These are intended to make sure the learner is grasping the material. Depending on the MOOC structure, getting a passing grade on a quiz may be required to begin the next set of lectures.


In addition to quizzes, some MOOCs may include homework assignments. These assignments may be reading supplemental materials (which may be available for free online or may require purchasing a digital or physical textbook). Some homework assignments may be completing problems, doing a lab or other “typical” homework.


Finally, some MOOCs may have a final examination or assignment. If receiving a certification or college credit is an option, completing this final examination or assignment will almost certainly be a requirement for passing the course.