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#mysummer - Free online learning with MOOCs

21 July 2015

The #mysummer campaign is run by Prospects, the education, employment and skills company, which gives young people awaiting their exam results advice on how to use their summer break to improve their employability and skills.

If you are computer savvy then perhaps you could learn a skill online for free during the summer break. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) enable young people to study subjects that interest them, which may not be on the school curriculum.

There are thousands of MOOCs to choose from, many created by world leading universities, businesses and individuals. Topics include HTML coding, how to create an app, how to write university essays and managing money. The courses usually comprise of reading materials, watching tutorials and activities. The length and the level of commitment required for each course varies, but you can track your progress so you will know what you will learn next. There are also forums so you can speak with other people taking the same course, and ask for help with any aspect of the course.

Consider taking a MOOC with friends so you can learn together and encourage each other to complete the tasks. Deadlines are set, but you can repeat lessons when necessary. Courses can respond to your successes and adapt to your learning so you can gain a real sense of achievement as you progress through your MOOCs.

There are many sites offering MOOCS, you can find many of them on MOOC List. Coursera, Future Learn and Udacity are large providers of MOOCs. In addition to improving your skills, it demonstrates to employers and admission tutors that you are serious about your professional development, and will go above and beyond what is expected.

Start a MOOC today, and learn something new.

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