A typical MOOC

Consists of several (usually between 5 and 12) complete and logically connected modules

Each module contains video-lectures, a few formative assignments for each lecture, and automatically graded assignments (tests, practical tasks, etc)

Has a course forum where learners can discuss and clarify their questions related to course content with the other learners and with the instructors

Includes final graded assignments (peer-reviewed written assignments, practical tasks or programming assignments, final test, and other types of graded assignments)

Offers certificates to students who successfully complete the course

Opportunities

For learners: taking courses from the world’s best universities free of charge

For learners: joining the global learning community while studying with thousands of students from around the world

For learners: learning languages in applications to the subjects of interest, acquiring unique, demanded and up-to-date skills

For teachers: organizing learning and assessment 100% online

For students: getting certificates recognized by employers in the labor market

For universities: offering the best courses and practices to everyone in the world

Prospects


Employers increasingly recognize MOOC certificates


Russian universities begin accepting MOOC certificates as credits for elective courses in their curriculum

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Learners use MOOCs in their individual learning trajectories