MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Ty Haylescompleted this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Course provided information I did not previously have on the field. Information and questions were presented in a logical flow and I can fairly say it is good information to have, especially if you are not familiar with cloud computing.
However, some of the information is outdated, the course is at least 3 years old, the speaking tone of the presenter is a very monotone/boring delivery. The diagrams were not easy to see, unless I was on my wide screen TV, no animations to keep things interesting, presentations were not always easy to understand vs. what the presenter was saying.
All in all, this was an ok course for beginners, I am about to start the CloudU course on Rackspace and I hope it provides more useful information than this course.
P.S - Class-central needs to find and add MOOC courses like CloudU (http://tinyurl.com/oh695mf) to its catalogue.
Sivananda Ramnathcompleted this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The course is extremely theoretical and there is no real world information provided. This is surprising in a field where the practice is way ahead of the theory. All it does is repeat some very general IEEE standards. The problems are a waste of time, they are repeated verbatim in different types of assignments! The course seems more like "Introduction to IEEE standards about cloud computing".