Get your MOOC on with a Massive Open Online Course

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What the heck is a MOOC

MOOC stands for “Massive Open Online Course.” The term originated in the US in 2008, to describe free and easily accessible courses that are delivered online and offer you the opportunity to study with universities from all over world. MOOCs usually don’t lead to formal qualifications, but they are a great way of gaining knowledge in all sorts of areas to boost your career or explore personal interests. Generally, there are no entry requirements for MOOCs so anyone, anywhere can take part and sometimes the courses are so popular you can be learning alongside thousands of other people from all over the world!

There are many different places you can find MOOCs to study and below are just 3 of them. If you’re looking for a library specific course then edX is a great place start but there are still heaps of courses that are relevant to what libraries do that never mention the word library.


edX has at least 8 self-paced courses specific to public libraries from the University of Michigan School of Information. Here are 3 examples of the courses on offer:

Future Learn 

  • Build a Makerspace for Young People – Find out how to create and run a makerspace for young people. Look at the pedagogy and approaches behind digital making.
  • How to Succeed at: Interviews – This free three week course provides the tools you need to succeed at interviews and land your dream job.

  • Learning Online: Searching and Researching – Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.

Open Universities Australia

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