Getting started

MoocLab is a free community website which provides a forum to connect about online learning and offers suggestions, help, and guidance with online learning. If you are interested in studying or training online, you can use this site to help you make the right informed choices.


Explore the following sections to find out how to get the most from MoocLab

The MoocLab Community
Why should I sign up?
How do I sign up?
Find a Study Buddy
MoocLab’s Resource Centre
MoocLab’s Reviews
News & Articles

The MoocLab Community

If you sign up, you can join the MoocLab Community and interact with other members through the discussion forums. The Forums are discussion areas focussed around different subjects where you can ask questions, share your experiences, and discuss topics of common interest via a series of text-based messages. Each forum will have a number of “threads” discussing different topics, and as a member you will be able to join in the discussion by replying to threads, or start your own thread. The forums are a great place to find things out based on other people’s real experiences.
For answers to questions on how to use the forums, go to our FAQ page.

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Why should I sign up?

First of all, signing up is completely free. Registration is quick and simple, and allows you to get the complete MoocLab experience. Registering with MoocLab enables you to:

  • Interact with other members, by starting new discussions, taking part in existing ones and using the Private Conversation system
  • Join the Study Buddy program allowing you to find the perfect study partner for your online courses
  • Access our Tips & Guidelines Resources as well as independent reviews of e-learning providers and platforms
  • Customise your profile, and personalise your account with avatars, signatures and more
  • Enhance your browsing experience by choosing your display options and notification settings

Want to sign up now?

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How do I sign up?

Signing up is simple and very quick. All you need to do is to choose yourself a username, and provide a valid email address. Once you've registered you're free to get involved with the MoocLab community!

There are two quick and easy ways you can sign up.

Using your email address:

  1. Click on the “Sign up Now” button.

  2. Enter your name or email address and select the “create an account now” option. Click on “Log in”, complete the form and then click on “Sign up”.
Alternatively, you can sign up using your Facebook or Twitter accounts by clicking on the relevant tabs and following the instructions.

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive an activation email at the email address that you provided. Just click on the link in the e-mail and you’re done!


Sometimes email programs will place our activation email in 'spam' or 'junk' folders. Please check these if you don't think you have received the activation email. If you are still stuck, contact us using the “Contact us” tab on the bottom right of the screen.

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Find a Study Buddy

Finding a compatible study partner isn't always easy as we all have different goals, study preferences and interests. MoocLab's Study Buddy program is designed to help you overcome these difficulties by matching you up with suitable study partners according to your interests, preferences, specific courses and more.

MoocLab’s Resource Centre

Signed up members have full access to MoocLab’s Resources section. Here, you’ll find an ever-growing list of tips and guidelines to help and advise you on your e-Learning journey, as well as MoocLab Manuals to help you navigate and use the site.

How do I view a MoocLab Resource?
Navigate to the Resources Page via the navigation bar and select a category from the left sidebar. You can also search by entering a keyword into the search tool. Be sure to tick “Search resources only”. To open a resource, simply click on its title.

Rating a Resource
Logged in members can rate any of the resources by hovering the cursor over the stars in the right sidebar or below the resource. As you hover, the stars are highlighted in yellow and you can select the number of stars you wish to award the resource. By rating, you’ll be given the option to write a brief review if you wish to do so. Other reviews can be viewed below the resource or by clicking on the “Reviews” tab at the top.

Discussing a Resource
Logged in members have the option to comment on or discuss any of the resources by clicking on the tab “Discussion” at the top or “Discuss this Resource” on the right sidebar. This will take you to the relevant thread where you may post your comment in the Reply box provided.

MoocLab’s Reviews

MoocLab provides its members with totally unbiased, independent reviews of Online Course providers and platforms, serving as a guide and helping you make the right informed choices. The reviews include a brief overview of the provider, its tools & features, as well as ratings based on a list of set criteria and also featuring pros and cons. Read more about MoocLab’s Review Page here.

News & Articles

MoocLab's News & Articles Page offers an ideal opportunity to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and articles on Online Learning and MOOCs from across the Web all in one place, and includes articles posted on MoocLab by members of the MoocLab Community. As a registered member, you are welcome to use the Articles Page to publish your own articles if you so wish.

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