A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students

a-list-of-moocs-for-teachers-and-studentsA List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students 

by Mike Acedo

In today’s world, society has placed its highest value ever on upper education and its requirement in the work force.

Unfortunately, the price tag for such an education has simultaneously risen exponentially, limiting millions of potential students from attaining the fundamental human right of a quality education. Furthermore, it prevents students from broadening their own knowledge and stems their capability of developing new skills that may improve their own lives, their families, and their communities. Fortunately, with the rise of technology in today’s society, it has become possible for the low income and underserved members of society to have access to a free, quality education from some of the top universities in the world.

With the rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), students from anywhere with an Internet connection, can access free courses facilitated by some of the top educators and experts in every subject area. From mathematics, to computer science, to philosophy, to business design, MOOCs give learners unprecedented access to some of the most valuable knowledge, from some of the most prestigious universities, for free. Though most of the courses do not offer actual credit towards a degree, some MOOCs are beginning to offer certificates, additional credit options, and other enhanced learning services for nominal fees. Students have also been able to submit course work done through MOOCs to their own universities and be granted credit or research units. Additionally, students may use completed courses as a way to build their qualifications by highlighting their work on resumes, cover letters, and social media.

Though some have criticized the real value of MOOCs, it is undeniable that these courses give students the capacity to learn at a level never before made available to them. It may not be perfect, nor at times pretty or easy, but it is a step forward towards the ultimate goal of providing a quality education to not only the lucky and privileged, but to all who seek to better themselves through learning.

Below is a list of courses from various MOOC providers, separated by subject areas that are increasingly valuable in today’s society. Also included are courses that educators can use to improve their own teaching methods, skills, and facilitate a more effective learning environment in their classrooms.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for Students

Social Science

  1. How to Change the World

  2. Introduction to Global Sociology

  3. Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement

  4. Public Privacy: Cyber Security and Human Rights

  5. Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead

  6. Creativity, Innovation, and Change

  7. Learning by Giving

  8. Sports and Society

  9. Moralities of Everyday Life

  10. Developing the Sociological Imagination

Personal and Professional Development

  1. Time and Stress Management

  2. Social Entrepreneurship: A Grassroots Revolution

  3. Lead like an Entrepreneur

  4. Decision Skills: Power Tools to Build your Life

  5. Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

  6. A Crash Course on Creativity

  7. Job Search Skills

  8. Online Reputation for Career Success

  9. Resume Writing

  10. Computer Skills and Literacy

Information, Technology, and Design

  1. Innovation for Powerful Outcomes

  2. Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

  3. Information Literacy for Art and Design Students

  4. Digital Art and Design Criticism

  5. Human-Computer Interaction

  6. Innovation and Design Thinking

  7. Securing Digital Democracy

  8. Video Games and Learning

  9. Learn to Program: The Fundamentals

  10. Computer Science 101


  1. Effective Thinking Through Mathematics

  2. Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis

  3. Numbers for Life

  4. College Foundations: Reading, Writing, and Math

  5. Differential Equations in Action

  6. Image and Video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital

  7. Games without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory

  8. Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgment Aggregation and Fair Division

  9. Introduction to Logic

  10. Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

Business & Management

  1. The DO School Start-Up Lab

  2. Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I

  3. Introduction to Business Communication

  4. Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

  5. The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

  6. Business Ethics for the Real World

  7. New Models of Business in Society

  8. How to Build a Startup

  9. Leading Strategic Innovation in Organization

  10. What’s Your Big Idea?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for Teachers

  1. Effective Classroom Interactions: Supporting Young Children’s Development

  2. Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Technique

  3. Emerging Trends & Technologies In the Virtual K-12 Classroom

  4. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a Teacher

  5. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3: Learners and Learning

  6. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum

  7. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 7: Being a Professional

  8. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 8: Developing Relationships

  9. Common Core in Action: Literacy Across Content Areas

  10. History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education

  11. Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students

  12. On the Hunt for Feedback: Self-Directed Teacher Improvement

  13. Tinkering Fundamentals: Integrating Making Activities into Your STEM Classroom

  14. Foundations of Virtual Instruction

  15. First Year Teaching (Elementary Grades) – Success from the Start

  16. First Year Teaching (Secondary Grades) – Success From the Start

  17. The Brain- Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools

  18. Integrating Engineering Into Your Science Classroom

  19. Common Core in Action: Math Formative Assessment

  20. K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century

  21. How to Teach with Technology

  22. E-learning and Digital Cultures

  23. Digital Learning Transition MOOC for Educators (MOOC-Ed)

  24. Tech Explorations in the Common Core

  25. Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms


  • Education is not a human right. Sorry. I LOVE all the energy and passion behind all of the new technology and the stated goal of bringing affordable education to everyone. But it is not a human right. And, I wish luck to everyone playing their part in developing this wonderful learning tool. Please, please, please either be more careful with your language, or educate yourself as to the evil and implausible nature of this philosophy.

    Human rights do NOT create an obligation on someone else to give you free stuff just because you want it. A job, healthcare, housing, education, or grant money to develop these programs–none of these things are rights. If a society elects to take money from the treasury to give to others, it is nothing more than a gift, and at worst, is theft. If all the educators truly seek to reach as many people as possible by making education free, god bless them. Really!

    Yeah, if they choose to donate their time, money and resources, they should be congratulated and heralded. We all know that is not the norm. In fact, there is no stronger political influence than teacher’s unions, and they have benefited from their influence exponentially more than their students and the rest of society. If education is a right, then we all have the expectation that teachers will be ready to sacrifice for the benefit of “the children.” Or, in this case, a university education? Or, really, if someone has the desire, a medical degree, or post graduate program about women’s studies? If that rubs you sideways, maybe you would agree that someone doesn’t have a right to a free degree in pornographic film production from a university? (Isn’t that the argument going on now about Obamacare? Supporters want to take the profit out of healthcare? Well, the same philosophy must apply here with teachers and administrators then — you tenured professors as well. In fact, because we can’t supply everyone with “Cadillac” education plans, we have to limit the quality and quantity. And hey, if you are a little older, or maybe you have disabilities that limit the quality of your life, maybe we shouldn’t spend money trying to educate you. We may just give you a pill to help with the pain. And, why not just tell teachers that they don’t require advanced education? It is really not fair, some don’t have the capacity to achieve at higher levels.

    That’s it, everyone will have the same value, regardless of the willingness or ability to product. You can sit home, work at McDonald’s, be a teacher, doctor or professional athlete, and we all go home with the same worthless dollars and a bowl of rice at the end of the day.)

    Where does this nonsense stop? Are we going to use the “equality” argument? Such perversion of this principle. Equal rights before or under the law is the meaning. Equality does not mean that everyone gets the same first release pair of Nike Jordan tennis shoes, or a Harvard Law Degree. Or does it? I should apparently have the right to demand a Wharton Business School seat? And since I had to raise my kids as a single father and didn’t have the time others did, I should get the same degree as everyone else for half the work.

    Everyone who says these things are rights either wants free stuff, or the power they accumulate by promising them to people who have been conditioned to wait for them instead of earning them for themselves, or to be charitable, hasn’t had their adult awakening experience. Can’t we just all agree that it is a shared goal that everyone have an education without politicizing everything? Corrupt or evil societies that oppress their people are a different matter. They deny them freedom of expression, of political representation, religion, the right to their property and their own labor, and the right to be free from government oppression. This includes freedom from the tyranny of the majority. THIS is why we have a bill of rights. To proscribe the government — whether deciding by a majority vote or by more traditional tyranny–to steal the property of a group of people, or to imprison someone without due process.
    The field is wide open for people with good hearts, who want to give and contribute, to innovate and be rewarded as well.

    When you are talking about “positive rights” you are talking about taking away the liberty of someone else in order to “spread the wealth.” If a man is not entitled to the fruit of his labor, then he is nothing more than a slave.

    You go donate to your causes, and I will do the same. And, let’s enjoy this wonderful emerging world of technology that has blossomed under the free enterprise system…Go look at what is happening in Venezuela today when you get that urge to start declaring human rights around every corner. The world’s largest oil reserves, and they can’t supply themselves toilet paper or even vaguely acceptable medical care. I promise you it is not the “evil capitalists” denying them their human rights. It is their corrupt dictatorship under the guise of spread-the-wealthism that is making these “positive human rights” IMPOSSIBLE.

    Holy moly. I am not mad at you for declaring such as if it were just accepted well-settled, and beyond debate. You (your industry) have been marinating in such lazy “philosiphizing” for decades. Just because some stated goal is believed to be a worthy one, doesn’t create a right.

    There is no right to a school lunch room free from sugary sodas. And, Ms. Fluke, there is no right to birth control. When you say it is a right, you are saying someone else has two provide this for you, while you go and use your resources to get an education way beyond the means of most Americans. To say it isn’t a right, is not to deny you if you choose to buy it for yourself.

    By telling women that they have no personal responsibility or accountability, you have come to the practical boundary of insult–there is no more degrading thing you can do. The new entitlement based government tells Miss Fluke that she has no responsibility to protect herself from the natural consequences of adult behavior, and that in fact, she has a right to have a baby and have society pick up the tab for EVERYTHING.

    I know, too far afield. It’s all, unfortunately, part of the same problem.

    • Hi Patrick. Whilst you have every right to express your view that Education is not a human right, I think you’ll find that Article 26 suggests otherwise. Admittedly, it is a little further down the list than Article 19, but it did make it in.

      Article 26.
      (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
      (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
      (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

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