MOOCs are offered online throughout the year. Our best advice is to check the university’s schedule as these classes may have fixed dates associated with them.
- Time Commitment: Like many online courses, cyber security MOOCs take 6-10 weeks. Overall, you can expect to devote 3-6 hours of your life per week to each course.
- Format: Video lectures are usually pre-recorded, although instructors interact with students in virtual forums, live chats and/or during virtual office hours.
- Assessment: Assessment strategies differ per class & per instructor. Peer-to-peer reviews, interactive class discussions, a group wrap-up project are all possible deliverables. Many MOOCs incorporate programming labs, regular quizzes and classroom discussion to re-enforce and test comprehension.
Please be aware these are REAL courses and require effort to not only learn, to succeed in them. Less than 10% of students who start MOOCs go on to finish them – with many citing time requirement being the major reason why they couldn’t complete the MOOC.