Science and technology have had a profound effect on almost all spheres of our lives. One field that has changed as a result of this is the field of education. Online learning, ed-technology and virtual classrooms have all come up in recent years. This industry is worth billions of US dollars and will grow even further in the years to come. One such component is online learning is MOOC. These courses help students learn new things and improve their skill sets. Here’s a quick look at some MOOC courses that KTU students should look into.
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Massive Open Online Course, better known as MOOC, helps students learn new subjects. These classes help students access online courses, and are mostly free to access. MOOCs are massive as they enrol students running into hundreds and thousands. They are open to students from around the world, without a physical admission process. They are online as these classes reach their massive number of students via the internet. The course in MOOC comes as the primary goal of the website is to teach their students a particular subject. These MOOCs include video lessons, reading material, tests, assignments, discussions and assessments.
Most of these MOOCs are run by universities, and even world-famous ones such as Stanford, MIT and Yale. Furthermore, some of the largest tech companies in the world run their own MOOCs to train their staff. These MOOCs also help fresh graduates understand what is expected of them if they join such a firm. For instance, Microsoft, Google, IEEE and the Linux Foundation all run their own MOOCs.
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While some MOOCs are self-paced, others run on a definite schedule. This schedule must be followed in order for you to get accredited.
Certain MOOCs release all their videos together whereas others release them in fragments.
Most MOOCs have assignment deadlines to prevent students from slacking off.
Most MOOCs take anywhere from 1 to 16 weeks to complete. They may be done earlier, depending on how much effort the student puts into the course.
Assessment techniques include computer-graded quizzes and tests, peer-graded assignments and also seminar projects.
Performance from each of such tests is noted and weighted to get a final course grade or score.
Most MOOCs provide students with a certificate of completion if they pass the MOOC. While certain platforms provide a free certificate, certain others need a fee to be paid to get the certificate.
Paid certifications need you to provide your government-verified ID proof via online upload.
Several of these platforms also allow free trials to help students gauge the effectiveness and quality of the course.
Furthermore, certain courses will have certain paid segments and free segments. Students will be able to access only the free parts of the course material without paying.
Some platforms allow students to apply for scholarships and financial aids via online and offline applications. Students should try to discover such scholarships and apply for them to get reduced rates.
Students must note that interaction between teachers or guides and students is quite minimal in MOOCs. Most of the conversation between teachers and students occurs as discussions on platforms or forums. The discussions and doubts are usually cleared by students themselves, and hence, MOOCs help in fostering a great student community or support group.
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Ask yourself why you want to enrol, and what it is exactly that you wish to gain by doing so.
Make sure you are clear about your objectives and what you want to gain from taking these classes.
Also, ensure that you go through all the guidelines and policies before you enrol so that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into
Watch out for age restrictions, privacy policies, payment options and guidelines before enrolling on the platform.
If you aim to switch careers after finishing the course, make sure you choose an agency that is well-respected in that particular field.
Also, ask yourself how much you are willing to pay or how much effort you are ready to put in before you proceed.
1. Robotics Career Building Course
Robotics is an up-and-coming field that will become important in the years to come. Every fresh engineer who has a passion for electronics or mechanical engineering student should try their hand in this field. Robotics will help in designing and creating the machines of the future. In this course, students will gain practical knowledge on how to design and build even complex robots, making this MOOC a great option. Students will create line follower and obstacle follower robots, before proceeding to work on Mobile, Gesture and Bluetooth Controlled Robots. They will then wrap the course up by working on advanced robots which make use of Wi-Fi and Voice control.
2. Embedded Systems Career Building Course
Embedded systems are an integral part of electronics which will grow in the future. Since it is a major part of consumer electronics and industrial electronics, this is one field that students should focus on. This MOOC will help students build an exciting career in Embedded Systems. The course involves projects related to Solar Mobile Chargers, home automation systems and smart traffic control systems.
3. Mechatronics Career Building Course
Mechatronics, much like Robotics is one of the most interesting new technologies out there. This new field combines concepts from electronics, mechanical engineering and computer science programming. This MOOC course will help students explore the world of mechatronics through a hands-on approach. The course involves projects such as the creation of Animatronic hands, Hexapod and Biped Walking Robot.
4. IoT Projects Course
IoT is changing the way we live and hence possesses great career opportunities. It is also an easy field that you can master by building projects and working on practical projects. This IoT MOOC will involve projects based on weather monitoring systems, smart irrigation and water monitoring systems. Furthermore, the MOOC will also emphasize street lighting systems and smart building architecture.
5. Computer Vision Projects
While IoT can make any device smarter, it needs computer vision to track the environment and collect data from an external environment. This CV MOOC will focus on helping students get accustomed to building smart surveillance camera systems. This MOOC includes projects such as surveillance cameras and robots, which will help you learn Raspberry Pi and Python Programming.
To make the MOOC more accessible for students Skyfi Labs came up with an innovative solution where it helps the students to access the courses 24x7 by giving them lifetime access that too comes along with a digital certificate which can be verified through Skyfi Labs portal.
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