Q: What is open education? 

Also called open learning, open education is the free and open sharing of learning materials, typically in digital format. The word open refers to the legal ability to modify and reuse educational content created by someone else. Learn more: Open Education: What Does It Mean to You?

Q: What is a degree program?

A degree program is a course of study from an accredited institution that, upon completion, awards a degree. Degrees are available in many different topics, such as the arts, technology, science, or health care. Different colleges will have different degree paths. 

Q: What is a certification program?

Also called a diploma program, a certification program is a course of study in a specific subject or field. Instead of receiving a degree, participants will receive a certificate that shows that they have completed specialized training and have the technical knowledge to work in a specific field. Certificates are available in many different fields of work: some common examples are vocational schools or diploma programs, such as auto mechanic careers, cosmetology, or nursing specifications. 

Q: What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is the knowledge you’ve gained through real-life contexts. The Association for Experiential Education defines Experiential education as a philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities. 

Q: What is a MOOC?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, a web-based, college-level class with unrestricted enrollment. MOOCs are usually taught by college professors and allow universities to offer courses to a worldwide audience.

Q: Do MOOCs cost anything?

Typically MOOCs are free, although some courses may charge a fee if you wish to obtain a certificate or letter of completion.

Q: What is the structure of a MOOC?

MOOCs can take a variety of formats, but the most popular are usually a combination of video lectures, assignments and projects. Students can communicate and ask each other questions through comments on a discussion board, and the instructor can write and reply to students as necessary.

Q: Do I get academic credit for taking a MOOC?

Right now, MOOCs do not result in any academic credit, but that may change in the future. Each MOOC incorporates different methods of evaluation as students proceed through the course, which may include quizzes or written papers. However, currently there is no final "graded" outcome. Some courses allow for further testing to demonstrate your proficiency, for a fee.

Q: Can I take a MOOC on my own schedule?

Some MOOCs are self-paced, with certain benchmarks that students must reach regularly. Others begin and end on specific dates and allow you to complete assignments at your own pace within that time frame.

Q: What if I don't find a MOOC on the LearningAdvisor site?

Please tell us more about the MOOC (or type of MOOCs) you are looking for, and we will submit your request to our publishers.  Request a MOOC