Reflecting on the Original Big Idea for MOOCs

James DeVaney, Inside Higher Ed, Mar 07, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The announcements yesterday from Michigan and Rice have actually been in the works for a long time. The three-year "Credits for MOOCs" program "allows students from the participating schools to enroll in specific free online courses from the other member schools and receive transfer credits for passing them." In this post James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation at the University of Michigan, describes the thinking behind the program. "MOOCs and MOOC derivatives (e.g. Teach-Outs, specializations, MicroMasters, MasterTrack, etc.)  are helping universities to expand how they think about engaging with the world," he writes. Related: Coursera introduces its first bachelor's.

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