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Online Classes That Are Worth the Investment

GOBankingRates Logo By Tina Cha of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 7: Last year, as millions of kids turned on devices and journeyed into remote learning, the online education industry saw another trend emerge. Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platforms boomed as adults, also stuck at home, started enrolling in courses and programs en masse. Classes that had always met in-person reached a larger audience by going online. The largest MOOC platform, Coursera, saw a 248% increase in enrollment year over year. Find Out: 9 Successful Money-Making ‘Schemes’ That Are Actually Legal Online classes have been good for Coursera, but are they good for you? Heather Hamilton, founder of Resume Insider, sees the value of online classes for unemployed job seekers. Instead of applying to jobs all day, “(y)ou have to make room for other things like self-care and learning,” Hamilton said. “Online classes are a great opportunity to develop new skills that can be added to your resume. They also help you answer the interview question ‘How have you been spending your time since your last position?’” Many MOOC platforms such as EdX and Coursera allow you to audit a class for free (or opt-in to receive a verified certificate for a fee). The investment you make in an online class may not be about money, but of your time. Expect to spend at least two hours a week on coursework, maybe as many as eight. Keep reading to see if it makes sense for your goals to invest time and money into an online class. Last updated: May 3, 2021

Last year, as millions of kids turned on devices and journeyed into remote learning, the online education industry saw another trend emerge. Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platforms boomed as adults, also stuck at home, started enrolling in courses and programs en masse. Classes that had always met in-person reached a larger audience by going online. The largest MOOC platform, Coursera, saw a 248% increase in enrollment year over year.

Find Out: 9 Successful Money-Making ‘Schemes’ That Are Actually Legal

Online classes have been good for Coursera, but are they good for you?

Heather Hamilton, founder of Resume Insider, sees the value of online classes for unemployed job seekers. Instead of applying to jobs all day, “(y)ou have to make room for other things like self-care and learning,” Hamilton said. “Online classes are a great opportunity to develop new skills that can be added to your resume. They also help you answer the interview question ‘How have you been spending your time since your last position?’”

Many MOOC platforms such as EdX and Coursera allow you to audit a class for free (or opt-in to receive a verified certificate for a fee). The investment you make in an online class may not be about money, but of your time. Expect to spend at least two hours a week on coursework, maybe as many as eight.

Keep reading to see if it makes sense for your goals to invest time and money into an online class.

Last updated: May 3, 2021
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