Online learning is transforming education. There are many innovations taking place, such as coding bootcamps, MOOCs, and learning in virtual reality — to name but a few. Everyone is beginning to debate and reevaluate the meaning of degrees, certificates, academic credit, portfolios, and so on.
Below are all the ways you can receive academic credit for completing MOOCs.
MOOCS FOR REFUGEESvia DW
Berlin-based online university for refugees, Kiron University, helps refugees complete 60 credits-worth of MOOCs for free and enroll in partner universities.
TECH MOOCS FOR INDIAvia Business Standard
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) mandates that 10% of the curriculum in the country’s 10,800 technical institutes should come from MOOCs.
UPDATE ON GEORGIA TECH CS MASTERS via Inside Higher Ed
Georgia Tech’s big CS masters program (which is run with Udacity) now has over 3000 students and has received over 10,000 applications. Georgia Tech’s president says they are planning to launch another program.
2. MOOC For Credits
2.1 Global Freshman Academy from Arizona State University and edX
EdX has partnered with Arizona State University to create Global Freshman Academy, a first-of-its-kind collaboration that offers full university freshman-level courses for credit. Seven MOOCs offer transferable college credit, and there are more planned. You enroll in any of the seven courses on edX, and add the Verified Certificate option (which costs $49). If you pass, you pay Arizona State University a fee of $600 per course and they give you the credits (which you can transfer to any university). There is no application process. Learn More of GFA.
A few MOOCs from different universities offer transferable college credit and, as with the Arizona State options above, there are more options in the works from Charter Oak. You enroll in any of the courses on edX, and add the Verified Certificate option (which costs $49). If you pass, you pay a fee of $100 per credit hour to Charter Oak State College and they give you the credits (which you can transfer to any university). There is no application process. Learn More.
Kadenze is a MOOC platform that brings together leading universities, educators, artists, and engineers to provide education in the fields of art and creative technology. Kadenze offers credit eligible courses spanning a wide range of topics, from foundation courses in art history and cultural studies, to metier courses in graphic design, creative coding, and much more. Premium members who pay just $7/month for full access to the platform have the ability to enroll in credit eligible courses for $300 per credit hour. Upon completion, these rigorous courses yield college credits that are recognized and transferable by the participating university. Learn More.
2.4 American Public University Accepts Some MOOCs from Coursera and Udacity
If you complete (freely or for a certificate) any of the ten approved Coursera/Udacity MOOCs, American Public University will accept them as part of their online degrees. American Public University’s online degrees have a traditional admissions process and completing the non-MOOC part of their online degrees isn’t cheap (it’s around $1,000 per course). Learn more.
If you complete any of the MOOCs approved by the Alternative Credit Project, member universities will accept them as part of their degrees. Some universities allow you to complete up to 75% of your degree requirement with MOOCs. The universities have traditional admissions processes and completing the non-MOOC part of their degrees isn’t cheap (it’s around $1,000 per course). Learn More.
Take a MOOC on your own, and then visit an AP, CLEP, or DSST test center and pass an exam on a topic to earn the credit. Most educational institutions grant credit for passing AP exams and nearly 3,000 educational institutions grant credit for passing CLEP and DSST exams. To receive the credit, you must apply and be admitted into an educational institution. Learn More.
2.7 FutureLearn Programs
You complete a required sequence of MOOCs on the FutureLearn platform, pay the fees for Certificates of Achievement after passing the MOOCs, then buy and pass a final assessment course. Currently, you can get credits from the University of Leeds and from the Open University for around $100 per credit. These credits likely transfer to most universities (but check with your university before enrolling). Learn More.
2.8 Saylor Academy
Saylor Academy has 31 courses listed have alternate final exams that have been recommended for credit by at least one of two organizations, ACE® CREDIT® and NCCRS. Briefly, these courses are tuition-free, with low associated fees for exam proctoring and transcripts; fully online; completely self-paced, with exams available 24/7; guaranteed for credit at over a dozen Saylor Academy partner schools, with hundreds more that will consider the courses for credit. Learn more.
It’s a big (in terms of number of students), online, and relatively affordable graduate program ($7,000) from a very respected university. The university says the online program is equivalent to the on-campus program (which costs $45,000), and students receive identical diplomas. The only drawback is that the program has a traditional admissions process. Learn More about OMSCS.
3.2 iMBA – University of Illinois’ Online MBA Degree on Coursera
You have to complete six of the seven University of Illinois Coursera Specializations. Each Specialization is comprised of five or six courses. You also have to complete additional coursework and projects on the University of Illinois’ Learning Management System. The total cost is around $20,000 (which is a lot less than the average MBA cost of $80,000). The program has a traditional admissions process, although you can start completing the Specializations before you apply. Learn More about iMBA.
It’s a graduate program that takes one year, half of which can be completed on edX by getting the MIT MicroMaster’s Credential in Supply Chain Management. The on-campus portion is not cheap (around $40,000) and the program has a traditional admissions process. Learn More about MIT’s MicroMasters.
3.4 Data Science Master’s from the University of Illinois
You complete the required data science MOOCs on Coursera. You also have to complete additional coursework and projects on the University of Illinois’ Learning Management System. The total cost is around $20,000 (which is a lot less than the typical data science master’s cost of $50,000). The program has a traditional admissions process, although you can start completing the MOOCs before you apply. Students admitted to the degree program will have five years to complete the degree (although it can be completed in a shorter time period).Learn More about the program here.
3.5 Master of Information Systems from the University of Colorado, Denver
OpenClassrooms, a French organization whose offering are similar to Udacity, offers 3 online, tech-focused degrees recognized by the French government. Its degree-granting program costs 300 euros per month and each degree can be completed in 4 months to a year. It has courses in French, English, and Spanish. Learn more about the program here.
Anuar Andres Lequerica is Class Central’s analyst. He has a graduate degree in education policy and has taken at least eight online courses across all the different platforms.