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Online courses :) - July 27th 2015, 10:59 PM

I'm currently unable to work/go to college full-time due to various health problems I have. I've been looking into online courses because I get bored easily and I just want something constructive to do. I found this site which offers free courses online:

https://www.futurelearn.com

It looks pretty good The idea is to give some of those a go, see how well I do and then I may do an open university degree:

http://www.open.ac.uk/

Have you guys done anything similar? How did you find it?


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Re: Online courses :) - July 28th 2015, 12:08 AM

I've done online courses, but never the free ones. I actually like online better in most cases. As long as it's not ridiculously complicated and I can figure it out on my own I like them better because I can work at my own pace and when I feel like it. If I want to tackle several units one day and nothing the next, or i feel like starting one in what most people consider the middle of the night, I can. As long as you're organized and self-motivated you should do fine.


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Re: Online courses :) - July 28th 2015, 12:47 PM

I have!
I'm currently doing a Psychology BSc (hons) degree with the OU and it's the best choice I ever made. How positive your experience is can depend on whether you can engage with the material, as well as the level of support your assigned tutor provides. I've had a tutor who would email every week with links and articles and answer questions, she also had certain evenings where you could call her to get some help with the topics and stuff. On the other side of the spectrum I've had one who never contacted me unless I emailed to ask something and returned every one of my assignments late without contacting me.
But don't let that put you off, the OU is SUCH a positive experience and it fits in so well around daily life.

FutureLearn I have limited experience. I did a Forensic Psychology course with them in May and was just too busy with other things to finish it (although I think I still can if I want). What I did see of it was really good. The downside really is that you don't get a certificate at the end. If you complete more than 50% of the course you're doing, you can pay something like £25 for a 'certificate of participation' but it's up to you whether you want to do that or just be happy that you completed it anyway.

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Re: Online courses :) - July 28th 2015, 01:14 PM

I took a free online course on Early Childhood Education. Was amazing and really enjoyed learning something that wasn't offered at my school on the undergraduate level. It was also around the time of my hospitalization and after that time I was catching up with coursework at my university but I liked how this free course was self-paced, though it did end at one point but it kept me motivated and served as a good thing to do during study break :P
I have to admit though I had to adjust to Australian accents at first but many of TH videos are Australian so that helped

I used open2study I was also told that there is an American thing called MOOCH? I haven't tried it but I think i came across the website. There's also skillshare. I don't remember what I was looking for when I found it but I think I was hearing a lot about them and wanted to try it for myself.
   
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Re: Online courses :) - July 28th 2015, 02:18 PM

Thanks everybody! So happy to hear positive feedback I'm either planning on doing a Psychology degree or something I.T. related.

I'm going to be doing this course on futurelearn next month:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/nutrition-wellbeing

I know it's not really worth anything but I'm just interested in stuff like that It'll give me something to do.


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Re: Online courses :) - July 28th 2015, 08:54 PM

I started a couple of online courses but wasn't able to complete them due to losing my internet for a couple of months. Luckily they were free ones! But they seemed really good and it's something I'm interested in continuing when I have a better internet connection.


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Re: Online courses :) - July 28th 2015, 09:29 PM

Honestly, if I were you, I'd just enroll in 1 course -- if that's possible where you live. In the US, you can choose how many classes you take per semester. If I were you, I'd just enroll in a course so you get college credit. Maybe enroll a course where you have a natural inclination and interest in that would come relatively easy to you. I wouldn't enroll in a science course, or anything like that. At least not for your first course because they're very time consuming. You can also enroll in accredited online courses. Something like math might be a consideration. The online math courses, in my experience, aren't terribly difficult. I do enjoy math, though, so it might be different for you. I've found typically, however, the online courses are fairly straight forward and give they give you sufficient information to get through them. Then anything you struggle with you can use KhanAcademy or something of the sort to assist you with any missing knowledge. This way you actually get credit, and you have an actual deadline to keep you motivated.


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Re: Online courses :) - July 29th 2015, 02:44 AM

I'm currently taking a Coursera class for fun. I wouldn't take anything expecting it to transfer, but it's good for reviewing topics or learning something fun!


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Re: Online courses :) - July 29th 2015, 03:52 AM

I'm almost finished high school and I've done it all online. I'm planning to take as many college courses online as I can - I want to become a trauma therapist so I'm thinking I might need to do some classes in person.

But, like it's already been said, I prefer doing online classes. I have a horrible sleep schedule because of some life circumstances and I like the fact that I can do schoolwork at 3am if I want to. I like to pace myself and I enjoy working alone. It's more comfortable and flexible, especially because I was in therapy twice a week for a while. Oh, and I also like doing one class at a time so I can focus more on the class.


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Re: Online courses :) - July 31st 2015, 04:57 PM

I did the bachelor portion online and I loved it. I did my associates mostly in person because the lectures for online for nursing were tougher than the lecture portion. The instructors were more lenient.


I am going to do the lectures for my MSN online but obviously there is some chunks that are in person such as the clinicals or the skill days.
   
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Re: Online courses :) - August 8th 2015, 10:24 AM

I've done a few online courses on Udemy, Stanford Online, Coursera, and FutureLearn. They're all really good if you enjoy learning for fun. However, the downside for me is that there are so many interesting courses that it can get overwhelming... So I just have to refrain from enrolling on several courses at once.
   
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Re: Online courses :) - August 8th 2015, 05:45 PM

Thanks for the links I've enrolled in a crap ton too :') I need to calm down a little


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