MOOC - Massive Open Online CourseHave you thought of learning something new? Is there a topic you’d like to learn more about? Your search might be over, technology is making it a lot easier.

MOOC’s are gaining popularity and with good reason, you’re able to study course material from top Universities around absolutely free of charge. These Universities include top names like, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, CalTech and University of Pennsylvania just to name a few. The courses on offer are also growing by the day, we’ll have a quick look at some of the courses offered by some of the more popular MOOC’s online.

First off we’ll have a look at Coursera, this was the first MOOC we used and also one of our favorite places to start. We did research into MOOC’s and found Coursera to be a good place to start. We found a nice course that helps when you haven’t hit the books in a while, it’s “Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects” and it’s presented by Dr Barbara Oakley and Dr Terrence Sejnowski. This is a good way to get into the habit of learning again. Something that hasn’t been done a long time.

Coursera offers a wide range of courses on a wide range of topics, these include Business & Management, Arts, Medicine and a whole lot more. This following statement from their website sums it up nicely.

Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take, for free.

Another popular MOOC is edX. With edX you get the impression that they’re BIG. If you look at the list of contributing and partner Universities and Foundations, you’ll notice some of the biggest names in the industry again, names like MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, CalTech to name a few. This is a piece taken off their website that describes them very well.

EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities can be taken here. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

The nice thing about using a MOOC is that you can study at your own pace, you don’t have to have anything more than the pc or laptop you’re currently using to browse the internet. Nothing special is required, just a willingness to learn new things and a few hours a week.

This article is like most others on this website, it just covers the basics. The idea is to inform you of the existence of MOOC’s and get you started. We encourage you to do your own research into the world of MOOC’s, do a Google Search for MOOC and explore the possibilities.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

We will be checking out more MOOC’s and we’ll give feedback on our opinions of them. Do some research of your own and find courses and MOOC’s that interest you.

Have fun, till next time.

Pretoria East team.


  1. Bradley Wilson

    Another site that I find very good is I have done a few courses through them and still busy.
    Once done you have the option of paying for your gained knowledge, and having a diploma, certificate etc to prove it.

    • pretoriaeastrc

      Thanks for that suggestion Bradley. That looks like a very nice site, and the certification option is also nice.

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