edX App Review
March 18, 2017
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are the next-Gen way of learning. You can acquire a new skill, or learn a new subject from the experts at the world’s best universities and institutions, including Harvard University, MIT, The University of Texas Systems, Microsoft, and Linux to name a few – all from the comfort of your home. Basically, MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education. For learners who don’t prefer sitting in front of desktops for long hours, there are a few amazing mobile apps available too. One such app is edX, which hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines, such as computer science, engineering, history, psychology, nutrition, big data, and statistics, among others. edX also offers certificates of successful completion and some courses are credit-eligible.
Learning at edX
From courses on supply chain analytics to cyber security fundamentals, introduction to solar systems to mobile app development and robots programming language, edX has self-paced learning courses for everyone.
For every course available on the app, the app tells you about the course in brief, length of the course, no. of hours required to study per week, institution/ university, subject, level, instructor, and what you’ll learn from that course. It also mentions about the prerequisites, i.e. basic knowledge of which subjects is necessary to learn that course.
edX courses consist of weekly learning sequences. Each learning sequence is composed of short videos interspersed with interactive learning exercises, where you can immediately practice the concepts from the videos. Moreover, the courses often include tutorial videos that are similar to small on-campus discussion groups, an online textbook, and an online discussion forum where you can post your queries and comment on questions posted by other edX learners.
There is also an option to download the video and watch offline for added convenience.
Earn a Professional Certificate
Learning any course is free, and anyone can learn any course without paying a single penny. However, for learners who wish to showcase their newly acquired skills, edX provides an additional option to get a verified certificate by paying a small amount of money, for example: $50. This cost varies depending on the course.
Upon making a payment, you’ll receive an instructor-signed certificate with the institution’s logo to verify your achievement and increase your job prospects.
Whether you want to develop the expertise employers are looking for nowadays through a series of skill-based certificate courses, or want to accelerate your Master’s degree / career through a series of graduate-level courses, edX app is a good platform to start. All the courses are mobile-friendly and edX verified. And the best part about the edX app is that it is a non-profit organization, thus all courses are free to join.
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