It’s an exciting time. We’re seeing the next phase of open education happening: progress toward accreditation for open online learning. We thought we’d share the latest news in this welcome trend.
- Academic Partnerships + MOOC2Degree Academic Partnerships, representing online learning for some 40 U.S. universities, is launching the MOOC2Degree program. This online degree option is meant to attract students to full degree programs.
- Coursera + UCB, UCI, Duke & U of Penn Coursera and four top universities are piloting a system of awarding university credit equivalency for its online courses.
- Udacity + San Jose State MOOCs purveyor Udacity partnered with San Jose State University to offer academic credit for a few of its courses.
- EdX + Stanford Standford has teamed up with EdX in the effort to open up its online courses to a wider audience. It’s not clear what sort of credit learners receive, but courses are taught by Stanford professors (via interactive video) and include formative and summative assessments.
- MOOCs + Georgia State The university is working on granting credit for MOOCs coursework from other institutions.
- COERLL + LARC Right here on the language learning home front, COERLL is collaborating with sister language resource center LARC at San Diego State University to develop a badge system for professional development based on an open platform. In the works is a curriculum for COERLL’s Spanish Proficiency Training and Foreign Language Teaching Methods, both open educational resources.
What are you thoughts on awarding credit for open online learning? What should we be aware of as we go forward? For example, credited courses are rarely free — Coursera users can expect to pay up to $200 for credit, for instance. But what is this compared to university tuitions?
To read more on the topic, see Why I Love and Hate My Spanish MOOC by Fernando Rubio.