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MOOCS (Massive Online Open Courses): the three best platforms

MOOCs represent a turning point in knowledge dissemination, giving people from all over the world access to resources that would otherwise be inaccessible. And even if the original ideological thrust has been partially lost, they're still an absolutely relevant tool in the educational landscape for young people, students and professionals from all sectors. But what are the best online courses? Let’s see…


Udemy is an online platform with thousands of courses in every category imaginable (education, marketing, IT, design, music and really much more).

The best thing about Udemy is definitely the price. There are many offers and promotions for both new and old members and often the courses are sold at a fraction of their actual value (the focus is on quantity). Therefore, you can find a lot of content for €9.99 or €12.99, sometimes for a limited time.

Udemy is also available in the app, so you can follow the video lessons wherever you want.

To pass a course and get the certificate, you just have to watch the videos. There are usually no exercises, although it would be better to do them for courses that require a bit of practise.


This is an American platform that specialises in information technology courses, both in general and in more specific areas (artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing, etc.). Unlike Udemy, the courses are offered by the platform, which isn't open to teachers. They're taught by experts who often work for established companies in the industry (Meta, Google, Amazon, to name a few).

The courses are of guaranteed quality and therefore cost a bit. But there are also free courses that allow you to approach a specific topic.

Udacity's strength, however, is undoubtedly its "nano-degree" programmes, intensive courses that have nothing to do with university courses, but are of a very high standard precisely because they're taught by industry experts. These "mini-degrees" are intensive courses that usually last 6 months, specialise in a single topic and are supported by a dedicated tutor and a forum where you can interact with other students and moderators.


If Udacity's strength is its nanodegrees, Coursera's is its specialisations, a series of courses (usually 4-5) that can be taken individually but which, when taken together, entitle you to a specific certificate.

The nature of the courses is very simple, usually you just need to watch the videos, read the material and pass the quizzes to get the certificate.


In short, if you always find the right motivation to learn new things and you find online courses convenient because you can complete them at your own pace, we hope we have given you a comprehensive overview of some of the best online course platforms. We hope, with this article, we have made you want to take a MOOC and learn new things. Long live lifelong learning!


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