MOOC2Degree program to offer credit for free online college courses

January 25, 2013 by Bob Yirka, report
Credit: MOOC2Degree

(—A novel way to entice prospective students to enroll in a university degree program has been announced by a company called Academic Partnerships – let participants take a limited number of online courses that count as real credits, for free. The program is a partnership between nine accredited universities in the United States, and a company that assists universities in creating online course content.

In recent years, Massive Open Online (MOOCs) have become a popular means for to earn income and for to learn what they hope will be valuable skills. They're called massive because they are not capped by numbers – class sizes can vary from just a few students to thousands, which translates to far less one-to-one interaction with instructors, or each other. For that reason, very few MOOCs count towards a degree. That might be about to change, however, as more schools become involved with programs such as MOOC2Degree. The concept is simple, set up online courses that any student anywhere can take online, and then give those credit towards a degree if they subsequently enroll as an actual student after successfully completing the course. Academic Partnerships told reporters via phone interview that trial runs of the program have seen 72 to 84 percent of students that complete courses successfully enroll as regular students.

The program seeks to offer incentives to both universities and students. Schools can bump up their enrollment with students that have proven they can succeed, boosting their bottom line, while prospective students can test the waters, so to speak, to see if they might be likely to succeed in a degree program, without risking any . Academic Partnerships said that thus far, most participating schools are lining up courses as part of development programs, which would lead to degrees such as a Master's in or a Bachelor's in Nursing, though one, the University of Cincinnati is planning to start with a course that can be applied to a degree in engineering or business. They add that many other schools have also expressed interest in joining the program.

Universities across the country have been looking for ways to increase revenue as funds given to them by state governments have fallen due to budget constraints. Meanwhile, as people have found themselves laid off during the recession, many have turned to institutions of higher learning to help them find a job. Programs such as MOOC2Degree might just be the answer for both.

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3.7 / 5 (6) Jan 25, 2013
Please remove this advertising disguised as news article. Does not belong on physorg
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 25, 2013
Public Interest stories have long been a legitimate means of obtaining free advertising. It's just a bit more obvious now.
3 / 5 (2) Jan 26, 2013
Meme patrol: "When something online is free, you're not the customer, you're the product.(http://futureofth...roduct)"
5 / 5 (1) Jan 27, 2013
Even the wiki has a notice about the deception at the top of its article on mooc itself. Sheesh

Also there doesn't seem to be anything free in any of the links in this article, just pages that look like those parked domains with affiliate links. Physorg is shooting its reputation in the foot with this sort of thing.
not rated yet Feb 07, 2013
thats is great. online courses is all ready established and most demanding course in many countries.

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