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MOOC: How do you select your free open entry coaching?

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MOOCs are online courses open to as many people as possible. (©Thodonal – stock.adobe.com)

Whether you want to fill in gaps in your initial education, improve your professional skills, learn English again, or learn to play the guitar or make macrame on a more personal level: tell yourself there absolutely is one on the internet online education according to your needs.

MOOCs (pronounce mouk or mok as you like) are massive open online courses (massive open online courses, in English). They were invented by big American universities like Harvard or MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Today there are many distance learning platforms and MOOCs. We’ll find some In all areas : IT, science, engineering, human resources, business management, marketing, accounting, finance, artistic activities, new technologies, etc.

It’s hard to navigate this jungle of online training.

Ask the right questions

So no talk of blind start. Especially since you need to invest time and energy to benefit from a MOOC.

Before signing up, ask yourself the right questions about the Course content offered : Does it meet my needs exactly? Do I have the essential requirements? Do I have the necessary time to complete the training? Are the teachers well-known in their field? Do you already have publications?

Then check the teaching process. Are these just lectures with no interaction with the teacher? Are there practical exercises, opportunities to interact with other participants (forum, supervised working groups)?

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Prefer well-referenced MOOCs

To choose your MOOC, it is better to opt for Platforms already well referenced on sites dedicated to training. As such, Pôle Emploi has created an online service that brings together well-known and recognized applications, MOOCs and various collaborative tools to create discussion groups by topic.

Not all online training courses are free. But there are many mechanisms to finance them. The job store service communicates a lot of information to find funding.

Among the most reputable platforms we note:

  • FUN, France Digital University, was created by the Ministry of Education.
  • EDX is a non-profit platform created by MIT that offers many online college courses.
  • As the European leader in e-education, OpenClassrooms offers a catalog of more than 1,000 online courses.
  • Google digital workshops: an indispensable reference for digital professions.
  • HandiMOOC: 1st MOOC in France dedicated to job search for people with disabilities. HandiMOOC is a free online training course that provides tools and advice to support beneficiaries in their job search.

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