WNYC Goes Back to School, This Time Online

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The word "MOOC" is everywhere you turn in the world of higher education these days. Here. And here. And here, here and here.

So, what's a MOOC? It stands for "massive open online course," an online college class complete with tests and possibly even study groups from some of the nation's leading universities like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley.

The three current leaders in this growing industry are Coursera, edX and Udacity.

To find out first-hand just what's involved, WNYC's business news team has decided to go back to school and try it out. Charlie Herman and Dan Tucker spoke to New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.  

WNYC's Business Editor Charlie Herman is enrolling in Internet History, Technology and Security offered through the University of Michigan and Coursera. Charlie talks about the process of signing up for a MOOC and explains why he feels the class he chose bridges his liberal arts background and his work editing a technology news program. Also, the class features video clips with people who helped create the internet and the promise of seeing this video from the 70s and 80s is too enticing to pass up!

WNYC's Associate Producer for Business News Dan Tucker is taking Introduction to Finance through the University of Michigan Business School and Coursera. Dan says the professor for his class releases the videos, other material and homework on a weekly basis, which he thinks keeps students more engaged than classes that release all the material at once.

WNYC Business reporter Ilya Marritz is taking The Ancient Greeks through his alma mater Wesleyan University and Coursera. Ilya says he had planned on taking the class as an undergraduate but could not fit it into his schedule and that he's interested to learn how the lives of the Greeks compare to ours today.