Resources for Scientists: Online Learning Using

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online courses that make learning about different subjects accessible to all. With the internet at your fingertips you can learn a new topic/skill that will help elevate your STEM career. After taking several courses I decided to explore other MOOC sites and I came across


Image Credit: has a different look than and from my first glance at the site I can tell that wants the online learning experience to be user-friendly. Before you take a course on there is a free self-paced DemoX course that will help you get familiar with how works.

Like, has courses in many disciplines. There is a good range of STEM courses that will help me in my STEM career. As far as pricing goes offers free courses and has an option available to pay to earn a verified certificate.

When you take your course there are many ways to earn your grade. Most courses have quizzes, final exams, assessments and a final project. While you are taking your course you can keep track of your progress on the site and use the interactive discussion forum. Another thing I like about is that many of the courses are self-paced. This was a great option for me because I like the flexibility to take the courses on my own time. If you are a fan of I recommend for online learning needs.

Courses I’m Currently Taking/Starting Soon:

How to Survive your Ph.D. – The Thesis Whisperer, Dr. Inger Mewburn’s Course


An Introduction to Global Health

Past Courses:

The Immune System: New Developments in Research

Fundamentals of Immunology

If you are interested in immunology and global health check out these courses on

So far I’m enjoying the How to Survive your Ph.D.. course. Even though I’m not in a Ph.D. Program I want to learn as much as I can to prepare. *Update: This course was amazing, especially the imposter syndrome section. It also made me realize I am interested in the intersection of STEM, education and communication. Now I need to explore what it takes to be a director/manager of a STEM program.

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