Published: Jan. 15, 2014

Anybody can take a MOOC but that doesn’t mean that anybody should.

If you didn’t already know, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. In this acronym, the operative word is “open” meaning that it is free to anybody. The recent increase in the number of MOOCs has opened up a world of learning opportunities to a new and diverse group of students. You can take a MOOC to learn almost anything from beginning algebra to comic books and graphic novels everything in between.

If the idea of taking a free course in a subject of your choice sparks your interest then you are likely the ideal student for this emerging way of teaching. The most important feature of any MOOC student is motivation to learn but there are many factors that you should consider before signing up such as the fact that most MOOCs do not offer academic credit.

Use the following graphic to answer some questions about yourself and determine if taking a MOOC is the right choice for you!

*note: Your results from this decision path should not be the only basis for your decision about taking a MOOC

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