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Frequently Asked Questions
What is web development? Web development is the creation of websites, webpages, and apps that are available for use on the internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (private local network). The broad definition for web development used in our Course Finder search tool includes building websites as well as web and mobile apps, linking websites and apps to databases, Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, game development, and general programming languages.
How can I learn web development for free? Many MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) providers offer free beginner web development courses, and some even offer free courses at intermediate and advanced levels. In addition, several MOOC platforms have an "audit" option that allows you to take a normally paid course for free. The only difference with the free audit option is that you typically cannot take all tests or earn a certificate upon completion.
How long does it take to become a developer? You will likely be able to build a basic static web page within several weeks of getting started with web development. Learning how to do more complex things like building apps and linking a site or app to a database takes longer. However, it is realistic to become a full-stack developer (a developer who can code what the user sees in a browser along with the code that links the browser code to a database) in 1-3 years of persistent study and practice.
Do I need a degree to be a developer? No.
What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are Massive because there is unlimited enrollment which leads to a much higher number of students than in-person courses. They are Open because they are accessible to anyone and typically have few or no prerequisites. They are Online because you can take them over the internet and coursework can be completed anywhere with an internet connection. And they are Courses, as opposed to just a series of lectures, because you typically have to pass a series of quizzes and assignments to complete them.
How much does a MOOC cost? The cost ranges anywhere from free to thousands of dollars. Most MOOC platforms offer free individual courses to attract students who are interested in learning but do not want to pay for a certificate. The next step up are individual courses for which you earn a certificate upon completion, and these courses often cost between 40 and 100 USD (costs vary). Beyond that, there are entire degree programs that cost up to thousands and sometimes even tens of thousands of dollars.
Does a MOOC look good on my resume? Absolutely! While some prospective employers value online education more than others, any interest in learning or furthering your skills in a certain area will look good to employers. Some employers already value online courses as much as they do in-person courses, and the trend should continue as internet access spreads around the world!
Can a MOOC be used for credit at a university? Yes. Many universities partner with MOOCs. In fact, most MOOC courses and degree programs are taught through a university and feature video lectures with a professor along with university course materials. In many cases online courses completed through a MOOC platform put on by a university count as credits towards a degree at the university.
What subjects can I study with a MOOC? Almost any subject you can think of. While technology courses and degree programs are often the focal point of MOOC platforms, many offer courses and degrees on a range of subjects just as wide as you’d find at a traditional university.
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