A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers

Steve Kolowich, How-to-Geek, Jul 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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You can almost feel the glee in this Chronicle article as it reports on the failure of a plan to offer credit via an $89 MOOC-related exam for a course that usually costs $1050. But really, we shouldn't be surprised. The credit isn't transferable - you'd have to finish your degree at Colorado State University-Global Campus (where the courses cost north of $1000). The same article reports on another failure, as no students have approached the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning, which "helps adult students assemble evidence of outside-the-classroom learning into portfolios that can be redeemed for credit at some colleges." Again, no students have applied. But then again, "The council has not yet advertised its services directly to MOOC students."

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