Free Course, Inexpensive Exam

Paul Fain, Ignatia Webs, Feb 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More on the same story, with a few new players. "students can use free course content from providers like the Saylor Foundation and Education Portal to study for “challenge exams,” probably the fastest and most inexpensive way to earn credits. The examinations, like those offered by Excelsior College and the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP), are designed to test whether students grasp the concepts that would be taught in a conventional classroom version." What's important is that the tests are accepted as rigorous. So this is what's shaking out as the stage-one model: MOOCs as a replacement for the first-year cattle courses.

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