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Will MOOCs help you open career doors?

We’re living through an incredible moment in the history of learning. Suddenly, anyone with an Internet connection can take courses, for free, from some of the world’s top universities. On sites like Coursera, edX, and Khan Academy, you can learn how to run a clinical trial that will satisfy the Food and Drug Administration, study aircraft design, or dive into the basics of environmental law.

The offerings are commonly called MOOCs, for “massive open online courses,” and they tend to offer participants certificates of achievement if they finish, as opposed to course credits or grades.

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