MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) hit the headlines in 2011, but they’d already been around for a few years before the big names such as Stanford and MIT put some of their courses online for free.
MOOCs can provide access to university-level courses and content for anyone, anytime, anywhere and generally at no cost, although many providers now require a payment if you want a certificate.
We assume by now that you really want to develop your soft skills or digital soft skills. But your college or university doesn’t offer any courses in this and you’re not really sure how these skills fit with your more academic studies. MOOCs can thus offer an interesting alternative, especially if you get some kind of recognition of achievement (see below).
There are two main ways you can develop these skills by following a MOOC: through the content of a MOOC specifically relating to soft skills or digital soft skills or through the learning activities of almost any MOOC which requires you to communicate, collaborate or create via digital technologies.