Here's what Wikipedia has to say:
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.
In the last three months I have taken the following four-week classes:
- Foundations of Psychology
- Chemistry - Building Blocks of the World
- The Body as a Machine.
- Your Body in the World
- Big Data for Better Performance
- Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
- The Art of Drawing and Painting
- Social and Economic Networks. I dropped this class about halfway through. I learned a lot about the concepts but the math was too much for me. Even for no credit, no cost, matrix algebra and calculus are beyond me.
- Introduction to Neuroscience. I dropped this one also about halfway through. Again, I learned a lot, but this one went into way more detail about chemical activitiy in the nervous system than I wanted to learn.
There are lots of websites offering MOOC courses, in a wide variety of subjects. A good place to start looking is www.mooc-list.com.
A woman in my water aerobics class writes for a magazine read by RVers. Yesterday she interviewed me about the classes I take via MOOC. They're a great activity for people on the move!