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Are you a MOOC newbie? You’ve arrived at the right page.

We thought it would be helpful to create a MOOC resources page that you can always come to when you need basic information. We’ll add to it as we develop more material like what’s listed below.

We hope you’ll bookmark this page and share it with your colleagues who are looking for the basics on Massive Open Online Courses. And if you see something helpful, don’t forget to share it using the social media buttons at the top of each article.



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Basic MOOC Resources


What is a Massive Open Online Course Anyway?

Good question. We give our definition of a MOOC here.


Where can I learn some more about MOOC history?

From correspondence courses to iTuneU, MOOCs have some interesting precedents. You can learn about that in “A Short History of MOOCs and Distance Learning.”

To get a little more in-depth, you can read about the two major types of MOOCs in “The Ultimate Student Guide to xMOOCs and cMOOCs.”


Where can I find lists of MOOCs?

If you thought all MOOCs were on Coursera, edX and Udacity, you’re in for a treat. Turns out you can take MOOCs in many different formats, from universities around the globe and in many different languages. We have them all covered in our MOOC Around the World series.

MOOC Around the World – Our Global List of Open Online Classes, Part 1

MOOC Around the World – Our Global List of Open Online Classes, Part 2

MOOC Around the World – Our Global List of Open Online Classes, Part 3

MOOC Around the World, Part 4 – Canadian and American MOOCs

MOOC Around the World, Part 5 – Independent MOOCs for Independent Travelers

MOOC Around the World, Part 6 – “MOOCish” Online Education Resources

We also comb through all the MOOC lists to develop articles based on special interests. Are you a high school student with some time to kill in summer? A professional looking to take the next career step? Trying to decide on a college major? Check out some of lists of the best MOOCs for each of those goals.

The Summer List — Professional Development MOOC Opportunities

Life After High School – Using MOOCs for Career Exploration

Leap the College Readiness Gap — The Best MOOCs for High School Seniors

Back To School: How Recent College Grads Can Use MOOCs To Land a First Job


How do I do well in a MOOC?

The most comprehensive list of our MOOC advice is under that “Success Strategies” link at the top. But here are a couple of the articles that tackle that question most directly.

Don’t Be a MOOC Dropout: How to Survive and Thrive in a Massive Open Online Course

How to Get the Most Out of A MOOC

The Ultimate Student Guide to Navigating the Writing MOOC


Are there resources to help me study for a MOOC?

More and more all the time. Check out these roundups of materials that will help with your studying and homework.

Fifteen Fantastic Sources For Free Art and Images For Your MOOC Projects

Nine Sources of Free eBooks for MOOC Teachers and Students


What if my school needs to have a serious conversation about this?

Check out our MOOC consultant page. Also . . .

5 Tactical Questions Higher Ed Administrators Should be Asking About MOOCs


If you have any other ideas for practical resources to help you learn more about Massive Open Online Classes or to do do well in them, let us know, and we’ll try to get to it soon. In the meantime, you can get a summary of everything we publish sent directly to your email when you subscribe to our newsletter.

And once you do finish a MOOC, be sure to come back and check out our Write For Us page.