What’s a MOOC?

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The joy of internet marketing is that it gives you the ability to pursue interests. It bolsters or replaces your income and frees up your most valuable commodity: time.

How you spend your time is obviously the choice you want to be left with. Rather than spending time, though, isn’t it better to invest your time? Until you hit your magic income figure that let’s you retire, investment in your knowledge and education is paramount to success.

One of the things you can do is invest in a mentor – someone who knows the difficulties you face and provides you with support and solutions that allow you to move forward. Another thing you can do is educate yourself and this is where a MOOC may be of benefit.

MOOC is an abbreviation for “Massively Open Online Course” and gives users access to education online. The New York Times called 2012 “The Year of the MOOC” and Time Magazine suggested MOOCs were opening the doors to the Ivy League to the masses. MOOCs aren’t new but they are seeing a recent surge in popularity. In fact the first MOOC of the digital age was delivered back in 2008. Today you’ll find many providers online.

One course I am participating in at the moment is the “Diploma in Business Studies and Entrepreneurship” with ALISON. With in-depth course materials and exams all included, for free remember, you’ve got the opportunity to be awarded a Diploma to add to your CV. Not to mention all of the genuinely useful information you can glean for pushing you and your business forward.

There is no catch here. You can choose to pay a nominal fee to have advertising removed from the site but it’s certainly not intrusive as it stands. If you choose the Free course then you’l see an ad before each module. You can choose to pay 30 Euro to remove the ads from a single course or 75 Euro to remove all ads from the site. But you don’t have to.

The model is a genuinely interesting one and looks like it is starting to leverage the real power of the internet – information and education for the masses. Imagine the world as a place where learning is genuinely free, blockers removed from quality education for everyone.

That Utopian view might be quite a way away but one thing is for sure, if you want to succeed then pushing yourself to be better tomorrow than you are today is definitely the way you want to go.

Have you tried a course? Know a good provider? Leave a comment below!

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