Free Online College Courses MOOCs vs. StraighterLine

Barry Lenson

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) have been making the news a lot lately. Just this week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans to fund research that will explore the role that MOOCs can plan in American higher education.

But at the moment, what is your best educational option and value - free online college course MOOCs, StraighterLine, or something else entirely?

The answer is, it really depends on your educational goals and needs . . .

  • If you just love learning and don’t care about earning credits for the courses you take, MOOCs are probably your lowest-cost learning option. Think of them as a jumbo online adult school where you can study something that interests you without paying for courses.
  • If you are trying to earn a college degree and want to get the best education at the lowest possible cost, StraighterLine is probably your best option. One choice? StraighterLine’s Freshman Year of College for $999 program represents a spectacular value.
  • If you want to earn a college degree and don’t care how much it costs, regular old brick-and-mortar schools are probably right in the center of your educational plans. Enjoy the ride. People like you are starting to disappear.

To test one option without paying a cent . . .

StraighterLine is currently offering a special promotion that lets you try an online course for free. You can take advantage of it, find out what it’s like to take a course online, and make a better decision about the kind of education that works best for you and your budget.

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