Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses that are available to anyone, and are taught by top professors at leading universities all over the world. MOOCs are ideal for anyone who needs to learn on their own schedule; whether one wants to dip your toes into a field of interest, or just wants to learn new things. The classes often consist of weekly lectures, readings, discussions, and quizzes, but you can complete them as you see fit based on your schedule. Most MOOCs also offer the opportunity to earn a certificate – but this option usually runs around $50 and means that you MUST keep up with the weekly schedule and submit all assignments and pass all quizzes (again, the certificate cost is optional). There are a lot of great MOOCs pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, child growth and development, etc., and we imagine these MOOCs will be especially useful to anyone who is or is interested in becoming a midwife assistant, doula, lactation consultant, mother, childcare provider, etc. If anyone takes a course from the list below and would like to share your experience, please leave us a comment below – we would love to hear from you!
Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters
Caring for Vulnerable Children
Childbirth: A Global Perspective
Children’s Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Education for All: Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion
Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life
First Aid for Babies and Children
Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: From Evidence to Action
Infant Nutrition: From Breastfeeding to Baby’s First Solids
Making Babies in the 21st Century
Positive Behavior Support for Young Children
Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Early Start to Healthy Living
If you know of any others that should be included in this list, please leave your suggestion below in a comment!