What Color Is Your Online Adult Course?

As part of the latest wave of online learning platforms, Massive Online Open Courses (Moocs) have gone viral. They can be useful for certain students, although those interested in changing or enhancing their careers should consider their more intensive sister, distance learning.

A Mooc is a mostly free, open course that nearly anyone can apply for and “attend” online. While there may be readings and lectures, students are generally not graded by a professor the way they would be in a traditional college course. You may often come and go as you please.

More than 4.5 million students were enrolled in Moocs at the end of last year, with some six million expected to participate by 2015, according to Kate Worlock, an analyst with Outsell, a research and advisory service based in Burlingame, Calif[ornia]….

…If you’re looking for career advancement or a new job, do Moocs make sense? Despite the astounding variety of courses offered — including computer science and zoology — if judged by completion rates, Moocs may not be the ideal vehicle for online learning. <Read more.>

Via John F. Wasik, The New York Times.