Because of the diminishing return on investment and rising costs of going to college, new online learning platforms have emerged recently, enabling people all over the world to take college-level classes in a wide range of subjects. These online classes differ from traditional online classes in many ways:
- there is no cost to take them
- the only requirement to enroll is an email address
- while taught by professors, they are not affiliated with any existing institution
- enrollment goes into the many thousands of students
In many ways, these classes are better than traditional college classes. Because they are online, you have much more control of their education. For instance, you have the ability to spend as much time as you need in order to gain mastery of the material. In addition, because of the large numbers of students taking these classes, it is very easy to ask and answer questions about the material in the class forums. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the professor won’t remind you when to turn in assignments or watch the lecture videos, so you have to be motivated enough to do the work by yourself.
The two largest platforms providing these types of online classes are Udacity and Coursera.
Read on for a comparison of the two: Online Learning: Udacity and Coursera Comparison | UnCollege.