Saturday, October 22, 2016

MOOC-Based Credential Options Expand in Online Education - Jordan Friedman, US News

For students considering a credential – or even an affordable online degree – from a respectable university, a MOOC-based option might be the way to go. After piloting the concept at MIT this year, edX announced partnerships with 14 additional universities around the world last month for 19 new MicroMasters programs exploring in-demand fields ranging from artificial intelligence to entrepreneurship. Students earn a MicroMasters by completing the equivalent of a quarter's to a semester's worth of a master's degree, usually through four to five MOOCs and a capstone component, says Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX. They can then apply to finish the curriculum at the school in person and earn the graduate degree. Because the MicroMasters are "stackable" in nature, students can learn as much or little as they want, Agarwal says

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