To add a unique activity to your college application and resume, enroll in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in subjects ranging from essay writing to nanotechnology, Gazettes reports.

A MOOC is simply an online course with the capability to serve a large number of students (for example Stanford’s initial MOOC in 2011, "Introduction To AI," enrolled 160,000 students) with open access via the web. Supplementary learning materials may include videos, lectures, e-books or problem sets.

The first MOOC debuted in 2008 when Canadian professors from the University of Manitoba launched a MOOC with 25 students and 2,200 general public participants. Four...

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