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The Digital Student: MOOCs

There are now a whole host of resources available for you to supplement your learning alongside your degree course, or to help you specialise in a particular field or area. With online learning its particularly important to remain critical as different platforms will have different vetting systems for courses. Be sure to check course reviews and /or the institution that has uploaded the content. 



  • Youtube can be a valuable learning resource offering tutorials, explanations and insights from many different people on many different topics.
  • Even less regulated than the other platforms, as a result, you have to be even more careful when fact-checking any information learned.

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  • Paid learning courses.
  • Courses on many topics ranging from technology to languages.
  • Be careful and do your research before buying a course as content quality can vary.

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  • Founded by Harvard and MIT, courses are lead and accredited by many recognised institutions around the world.
  • Courses can be taken for free (audited) but you have to pay if you want certified recognition of completion.

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Future Learn

  • Wholly owned by The Open University.
  • Courses can be taken for free for a limited time but you have to pay if you want certified recognition of completion or unlimited access indefinitely.

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  • Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors who wanted to share their knowledge and skills with the world.
  • Similar to the previously mentioned online learning platforms, content is often free but accreditation costs money.

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Google Digital Garage

  • Founded in 2015 to provide free, online, and face-to-face courses on digital skills.
  • Courses are wide-ranging and developed by Google and partner institutions such as Yale and The Open University.

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