Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have become all the buzz among higher-education experts. The idea is that anyone, anywhere can sign up to take a course from the nation’s top institutions like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Stanford. This is undoubtedly an exciting idea. With tuition costs rising and student loan debt topping $1 trillion, the future of our higher education system will rely on innovations like MOOCs.
But what do MOOCs really do? What impact are these courses having on the higher education system or the job force? The MOOCs overseen by the likes of Harvard and MIT, called edX, just announced in September that it would let students take a final exam in order to “help its learners improve their employability and career prospects.” However, would putting one of these certifications on your resume really help you snag an interview?