MOOCs are offered online throughout the calendar year. Check the university’s schedule – many have fixed starting dates.
- Format: Video lectures are usually pre-recorded, although instructors interact with students in virtual forums, live chats and/or during virtual office hours.
- 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.
- Assessment: There are no fixed rules on assessment. It could be peer-to-peer reviews and interactive class discussions; it might be hands-on projects and a final exam. A lot of cyber security MOOCs incorporate programming labs and regular quizzes to test comprehension.
Make no mistake, it’s a real course, with real effort required. Approximately 10% of students who start MOOCs go on to finish them.