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If you haven’t dabbled in a massive open online course (MOOC), now may be the time. These online courses are free and vary greatly in terms of content, quality, and time.
It’s okay to register for several to simply take a peek. If you find one that matches your needs — Great! Watch the clips, do the readings and connect with classmates. If you only want to skim the reading content, that’s okay, too!
That’s the beauty of a MOOC — you get to make it your own.
This summer there are numerous course offerings from institutions around the globe.
You can see summer MOOCs from Coursera here. Courses include Chinese for Beginners, Social Psychology, and Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms.
MOOC-ED also offers a variety of courses including a summer one on Learning Differences.
Summer MOOC offerings from EdX include Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science and Tangible Things: Discovering History Through Artworks, Artifacts, Scientific Specimens, and the Stuff Around You among many others.
Explore their full catalog here.
FutureLearn also offers a wide variety of online courses. Summer offerings include Beginner Robotics, Africa: Sustainable Development For All? and Explore Filmmaking from Script to Screen. You can see their other courses here.