MOOCS and other skills development resources online for research students

FireworksWhere do you go when you want to learn a new skill or improve your competency? Sign up to a practical, hands-on workshop? Or look online?

Whilst there is no substitute for attending a good skills development workshop, face-to-face learning is not always possible for a whole host of reasons – accessibility, time, family commitments. We all know how good YouTube is for learning ‘ordinary stuff’ but, increasingly, postgraduate students can find some valuable skills development resources online, such as via MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Why not check out some of these resources below? Do feed back what you think of them to us and we’ll keep a note of recommended resources. Do bear in mind that, whilst these courses may originate from universities, we can’t comment on their overall quality or suitability. That is for you to decide.

Coursera: With nearly 1500 courses on offer Coursera partners with universities around the world. Find online workshops on methodologies and data analysis, academic writing and many more topics.

Futurelearn: Owned by the Open University, Futurelearn boasts a current audience of 2.5 million online learners. They hold a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world, “fitting learning around your life”. A quick search found courses in academic integrity and study skills for international students.

edX: Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning and MOOC provider, offering courses from universities and institutions around the world. A quick search found Data Analysis for Life Sciences and How to Survive your PhD.

There are many other MOOC providers. If you find others of interest just let us know and we’ll add it to this post.

Featured image: Attribution: Vojta JahodaCC BY-SA

About Simone Apel

Researcher Developer for The Graduate School, University of Northampton.

Posted on November 5, 2015, in Links, Workshops & Training and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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