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MOOCs For Web Designers And Developers: Climb The Ladder Of Success!

By Eva Barnes , Mar 1 2017

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There comes a time in one’s career when you feel stuck; you don’t want to settle for anything less or start afresh and you can’t climb upwards on the ladder of success. Now, we aren’t necessarily referring to the glass ceiling in your organization, but rather to where you stand as a professional. This time is what decides the future of your career so ‘act fast and act smart’.

It doesn’t matter what your profession is, whether you’re a designer or a school teacher, you’ll still have to face this dilemma; when opting for a promotion, pay raise, a new or innovative job or more highly paid assignments. We’ll tell you how…

How You Can Glide To The Next Level?

Changing the status quo for your career may appear impossible, but it’s not. In fact, the transition can be very easy if you know what to do, which is why we are here. The most plausible way to get ahead in your job is to increase your qualification. This advice, we know will raise many questions and much ruckus but we’re ready to deal with it all, so let’s fire it up.


What Your Stepping Stone Will Be?

Raising your qualification was just an idea, how can you put it into practice? The answer is simple – MOOCs. Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs for short, are the future of learning and exactly what you need at this point. Anyone with an access to the internet can enroll and benefit from these.

Key Features Of Moocs:

These courses are generally for

  • People who are continuing their education
  • Working personnel who want to increase their qualification but don’t have enough time or resources
  • College students wanting to earn extra credit
  • Those who have a thirst for knowledge

MOOCs are either free, or charge nominal fees; and that as well mostly for courses that have a certification option. Plus there won’t be any travel and living hassle or expenses for international students. You’ll hardly spend a dime!

The best part about them is that, you can take courses from different Ivy League schools and colleges without being put on a wait-list or rejected. Imagine how great it would look on your CV; holding a certificate from Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Oxford, ETH Zurich or Notre Dame.

Also, as MOOCs are generally for employed individuals, they don’t impose much on your time. Some courses have a starting and ending deadline, which means you’ll require a study schedule. It probably won’t be all that demanding, maybe a few hours per week. While other courses, you can simply complete on your own pace. Just choose a course which suits your schedule and preference.

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For Web Designers


1. UX (User Experience) Capstone - University of Michigan
2. UX Research at Scale: Analytics and Online Experiments - University of Michigan
3. UX Design: From Wireframe to Prototype - University of Michigan
4. Understanding User Needs - University of Michigan
5. IMAGE | ABILITY - Visualizing the Unimaginable - Delft University of Technology

Starting Soon:

6. Design and Development of Educational Technology - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7. Evaluating Designs with Users - University of Michigan
8. Data Visualization for All - Trinity College
9. UML Class Diagrams for Software Engineering - KU Leuven University
10.	How to Win Coding Competitions: Secrets of Champions - ITMO University


11.	Using Open Source Web Tooling to Improve Development Proficiency – Microsoft
12.	HTML5 Part 1: HTML5 Coding Essentials and Best Practices - The World Wide Web Consortium
13.	Principles of Designing for Humans – University of Michigan 
14.	Creating Programmatic SQL Database Objects – Microsoft
15.	Implementing In-Memory SQL Database Objects – Microsoft

For Developers


1. Professional Android App Development - Galileo University
2. Android Developer Capstone Project: Building a Successful Android App - Galileo University
3. Introduction to Programming with Java (Fundamental DS & Algorithms) - Charles III University of Madrid
4. Android Developer Capstone Project: Building a Successful Android App - Galileo University
5. Reliable Distributed Algorithms, Part 2 - KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Starting Soon:

6. Algorithms - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
7. Programming Basics - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
8. Advanced Software Construction in Java - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
9.AP Computer Science A: Java Programming Polymorphism and Advanced Data Structures - Purdue University
10.	LAFF – On Programming for Correctness - University of Texas at Austin


11.	Mobile Computing with App Inventor – CS Principles - Trinity College
12.	Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility - Georgia Institute of Technology
13.	Introduction to Computer Science - Harvard University
14.	How to Code: Systematic Program Design - Part 2 - University of British Columbia
15.	AngularJS: Advanced Framework Techniques – Microsoft

Additional Courses:

1. Developing Intelligent Apps and Bots – Microsoft
2. The Beauty and Joy of Computing - AP® CS Principles Part 2 - University of California, Berkeley
3. Monetize Android Apps with Business Models - Galileo University
4. Becoming an Entrepreneur - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. Think. Create. Code - University of Adelaide
6. Product Design: The Delft Design Approach - Delft University of Technology
7. Digital Marketing, Social Media and E-Commerce - The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
8. Reinvent Yourself: Unleash Your Creativity - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
9. Resume, Networking, and Interview Skills – Fullbridge
10. Smart Cities - ETH Zurich

About The Author

Eva is a marketing major with a keen interest in web design. She is also an explorer and loves to dig into web trends from mobile apps to visual communication and everything in between. Feel free to send her your web design queries or blog related feedback in the comments below.

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