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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are courses held online that are available and free to anyone with an internet connection and therefore usually draw a large class size. The MOOCs can be run both synchronously with scheduled class times and assignment deadlines or asynchronously which allow learners to go at their own pace. While it is free to participate in all MOOCs there may be a fee to receive accreditation for completing the course. Popular MOOC hosting sites are edX and Coursera. When the MOOCs are available online in an asynchronous format it is easy for researchers to pick up new skills such as new coding languages and research data management best practices.