Upcoming free online courses

the word "learn" engraved in stoneIf you haven’t yet heard the term “MOOC,” you’ll want to start getting familiar with it.  MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses — have taken higher education by storm this year, so much that the New York Times declared 2012 “The Year of the MOOC.”  As you may know, in October the UT System signed on as a partner with EdX, the MOOC platform that also includes MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Wellesley, and Georgetown. You can learn more about MOOCs and their implications for higher education by reading “7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs” from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, or review this selection of resources from the EDUCAUSE Library.

But one of the best ways to understand what MOOCs might mean to higher education — and to you — is to actually sign up and take one of these free, high-quality courses yourself.  And there’s no better time than the next few months, because the choices are rich, in the biomedical and health sciences and beyond.  Here are a few to consider:

For more, check out the catalogs and upcoming course listings for the Canvas NetworkCoursera, and EdX, or check out the very helpful combined listing at Class Central or reviews & ratings at CourseTalk.

Image credit: “learn” by Mark Brannan CC-BY-NC-SA