Advice on using MOOCs

MOOCs on Offer

There are many MOOC portals and no list can be comprehensive but some of what is available is listed below.

An Irish MOOCs platform offering 750+ online courses from a wide range of course providers (including OpenLearn and Google. Courses from Accounting to Yoga Exercises.
An American MOOC platform offering over 3,000 courses.
Code Academy
Learn to code (program computers) in a range of computer languages.
Browse the "world’s best courses", many from US universities. Currently has over 16m learners.
Language courses in 14 languages from English.
Although the edX MOOC platform started at MIT, it now has over 650 short courses from partner universities around the world.
FutureLearn is private company wholly owned by The Open University. It offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world.
FutureLearn FAQs
These answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" may help if you have a problem/query about how FutureLearn courses are delivered.
The European platform for online learning.
Khan Academy
Aimed mainly at school-age learners but has gone considerably beyond its original offerings and now includes subjects such as Art History and Economics. (You have to register to find out what is on offer.)
MIT Open Courseware (OCW)
OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects available on the Web. (MIT were the first institution to launch open courseware and this site covers only the the university's own taught courses, MIT courses set up for e-learning are on EDX - see alternative link.
Open Culture
Offers both courses and free cultural & educational media (audiobooks, textbooks and films).
Open University of Australia
offers a wide range of free courses; some with a southern hemisphere perspective, including Marine and Antarctic Science and Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand. Thee is also a Chinese Language and Culture course.
Openlearn (from the Open University)
OpenLearn offers over 800 courses (including some extracts from Open University courses). Format of courses on OpenLearn is instruction rather than discussion but the content is good. This link will also get you to material to accompany OU/BBC co-productions through the Radio and TV Events tab.
Search and rate site for MOOCs
This site acts like "TripAdvisor" collecting information from MOOC providers and users about each MOOC course.
Stanford Online
Stanford Online offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments.
Woolf Institute, Cambridge University
The Woolf Institute is concerned with the study of inter-faith issues. There are Online Short Courses which offer a unique opportunity to engage in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. (These are available to use any time.) There are also some e-learning programmes where there is a set time period.