Online Learning

College Credit MOOCs that Are Still Free to Access

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It has become a truism that MOOCs aren't always open anymore. Increasingly, courses pegged as massive, open and online are actually intended for use in for-credit programs that help people earn partial degrees (as long as they're enrolled in a university program and pay tuition). Sometimes these courses can't even be audited by people who are interested in the subject but don't necessarily want the credit or fees.

Class Central recently made a list of all the courses it could locate that are part of for-credit programs and are still free to access. There are 370 of them, according to the company, which operates an online MOOC search engine and curates a MOOC catalog. According to publisher Dhawal Shah, the search found offerings from 49 different universities, with subjects "spanning technology, business, the arts and engineering."

The list is organized by discipline: business, computer science, data science, art and design, engineering, social sciences, personal development, programming, health and medicine, science, education and teaching, humanities and mathematics.

Among the most popular, according to Class Central rankings, are these offerings:

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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