Online Learning Update

April 26, 2015

MOOCs for (a Year’s) Credit

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Arizona State University, in partnership with edX, this fall will begin to offer credit-bearing massive open online courses at a fraction of the cost of either in-person or traditional online education. ASU’s faculty members will create about a dozen general-education MOOCs, the first of which — an introductory astronomy course — will launch this August. Anyone can register for and take the MOOCs for free, but those who pay a $45 fee to verify their identity can at the end of each course decide if they want to pay the university a separate, larger fee to earn academic credit for their work. By fall 2016, ASU anticipates it will offer enough MOOCs so that students can complete their entire freshman year online through what edX and the university are calling the Global Freshman Academy.

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