What’s the difference between MOOC courses and online degrees? – Study International News

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing universities around the world to close their campuses and shift students into online learners, you’re probably seeing terms like “MOOC courses” and “online degrees” being used.

Not every online programme is created equal. Before choosing one, it’s best to know what sets one apart from the other.

In this article, we explain the differences between online degrees and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses):


MOOC courses

Amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, many learners are switching to MOOC courses and online programmes. Source: Bay Ismoyo/AFP

One way that MOOC courses and online degrees differ is the way that they’re delivered to you.

MOOC courses are online programmes that are typically delivered through platforms such as EdX, FutureLearn, and Coursera.

Many universities partner with these reputable platforms and offer these degrees through them, using their technology to deliver the university’s video lectures and follow-up tests where you can check your understanding of the subject matter.

Online degrees are typically offered by accredited universities as an alternative to attending classes in-person. The way they are delivered to online learners depends on the university. 

For instance, they can