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Resources for Scientists: Online Learning Using

Last year I talked about using  as an Online Learning tool. I’m an advocate for learning more and taking advantage of resources, especially when they are free. After taking several courses I decided to explore other MOOC sites and I came across 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 fields. There are a good range of science courses that will help me in my career as an aspiring vaccine researcher. As far as pricing goes offers free courses and has an option available to pay to earn a verified certificate (not all courses have this option).

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 time.

If you are a fan of I highly suggest for online learning needs.

Courses I’m Currently Taking/Starting Soon:

How to Survive your PhD – 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 PhD course. Even though I’m not in a PhD Program at the time I am a prospective PhD student. I will update you on the course when it is over.

Have you checked out


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