It’s often said that the internet makes it possible for anyone to get educated on any subject. But just as in offline modes of education, the many models of online teaching and learning are far from perfect, with plenty of room for improvement and innovation. A joint effort between Harvard and MIT — dubbed EdX — is aiming to provide not only a place for learning new skills, but a platform for innovating new ways of teaching and learning over the web. It’s a non-profit online education platform partnered with nearly 100 of the world’s leading universities and institutions – Harvard, MIT, Microsoft, Caltech, Columbia, you get the picture – to provide students anywhere in the world access to more than 1,000 certified courses. As an open source platform, it also offers educators an opportunity to design and implement their own modes of teaching. For someone interested in building out their professional skill set but not really interested in going back to college, this is a great opportunity. Certificates are available in subjects ranging from introductory and advanced computer science to programming, engineering, data science, and a lot more.
“This course turned my life around. I realized that not only was I good at programming, but also that I actually loved it’” he says, adding that the courses were critical in snagging the gig at Microsoft. “One of the interviewers actually told me, ‘Your credentials show you are good at technical stuff so we won’t waste time by quizzing you on that.,” The idea behind Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is to open opportunities for learning that were — whether due to geography or funds — previously inaccessible to potential students around the world. Akshay’s story proves that this opportunity really does transcend borders, and indeed he is still taking courses at EdX. You can do the same without having to sacrifice your day job or non-academic life, and create new opportunities for yourself in the process. If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge and marketability, take a look at EdX’s course offerings and enroll today. – Courtesy