Task: Take a free online certification training

According to the EdFlex study from 2003, 71% of employees have already trained independently using online content, regardless of their company. This is what you need to know before you take the step!

Why train online?

Acquiring new skills, improving your skills, testing an academic subject before committing to a longer course of study, quenching your thirst for knowledge, developing artistic qualities… There are many reasons for resuming training.

The advantage of online training is that you can “train where you want, when you want and at your own pace.” This flexibility in personal organization is particularly interesting if you work or do not live near a training center.

After all, online education knows no boundaries and offers access to courses from major foreign universities.

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a distance learning course that is open to everyone. It is called “massive” because several thousand people can watch it from a distance at the same time.

MOOCs cover all possible areas: business, general culture, IT, humanities, management, environment, design, sustainable development, etc.

They were popularized in the early 2000s by major American universities (Harvard, MIT, Stanford, etc.), who found a way to share their knowledge on the Internet and gain visibility using this tool.

MOOCs are not the only way to train online, there are also distance learning (“e-learning”) courses offered by educational organizations.

Who offers free online training?

Online courses are accessible via large platforms on which training institutions (universities, schools, training centers, etc.) put their educational content online.

All areas of training are offered, from the most general (macroeconomics, etc.) to the most technical (computer language Python, etc.).

The + : a wealth of offers in all areas, adapted to people who have little time for training. Courses from the best teachers, accessible to everyone. Access to an international training offer.

THE – : Sometimes it's difficult to navigate and find the training that suits your level because you don't receive support. Depending on the source, some content may be of a heterogeneous level. Completion rates for open and free training courses are low (less than 10%): many learners give up along the way due to a lack of adequate supervision. To reach your goal, iron discipline is required!

What is an online certification worth?

A certificate is an official recognition of an aptitude or competency issued by a certification body.

In some online courses, the participant receives a certificate certifying that the learner has completed their training.

However, a certificate is not a diploma and registration for a MOOC does not constitute registration within the institution (university, school, etc.) offering that course.

Reputable universities and schools offer free training courses, sometimes lasting several weeks, but there is often a fee to be paid to obtain the certificate. The value of this certification therefore depends heavily on the reputation of the training institution.

The most “valuable” certifications on a resume are paid: Voltaire certificate (spelling), TOIEC, IELTS or TOEFL (English), PIX (computer science) …

What is a “badge”?

For a year now, learners on the FUN MOOC platform have been able to receive an “Open Badge” at the end of their training.

This is a digital micro-certification that certifies the acquisition of one or more skills.

The badge is not new: this tool has been used in training to validate skills for several years.

The value of the digital badge is closely linked to the reputation and seriousness of the training.

Where can I get free online training?

The most famous online training platforms are OpenClassrooms, Fun-MOOC, Coursera, MyMooc, Udemy, Khan Academy, Edx (which groups courses from major American universities)… With these two search engines you can find your MOOC according to the desired specialty: Teachingup-Research and My -Mooc.

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