Online Learning Update

November 24, 2014

Online Education Options Vary by More Than Cost

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Students looking to learn a specific skill may pay less for online education than those seeking a degree. When it comes to online education, there are a lot of different options with a lot of different price points. Prospective learners can choose between free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are not for credit, for instance, and for-credit courses, which can cost thousands of dollars. “Almost all free courses are leisure learning courses, or courses you’re taking because you want to,” says Vicky Phillips, the CEO of, an advocacy website for distance-learning programs. “There’s usually no certification and no employment credibility. Usually when you have to pay you are paying for the certification, the standardization. The course has to meet certain quality standards.”

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