American Council on Education has approved Coursera’s five courses for College Credit

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Coursera’s five courses are now available with College Credit Recommendations.  The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for these courses.

Among these five courses, four are undergraduate credit courses:

And one course has been approved for developmental math vocational credit recommendation:

  • Algebra from the University of California, Irvine

“A rigorous evaluation of these courses showed that they meet ACE’s standards for college credit recommendations,” Molly Corbett Broad, President of ACE, said in a statement. “This is an important first step in ACE’s work to examine the long-term potential of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and whether this innovative new approach can engage students across the country and worldwide while helping raise degree completion, increasing learning productivity and deepening college curricula.”

Coursera is trying to get recommendations for more courses with time.

ACE CREDIT college credit recommendation can be earned by signing up for an eligible course in the Signature Track for which an online proctored Credit Exam will be taken at the end of the course. Coursera is also working with ProctorU for online proctoring, so that the students can take proctored assessments via a webcam at their convenience. Credit Exam has additional fees.

After completion of these pre-approved courses, students can request for the transcript with credit recommendations from ACE that they can present to the college or university of their choice.

“We are excited by this opportunity to experiment with new ways of using our MOOC courses to extend our educational reach and provide credit for students who would not otherwise have access to our faculty. MOOCs, often in combination with the creativity of individual universities, have much potential to open and enrich the educational offerings available to students across the United States and the globe.” Duke Provost Peter Lange, said in a statement.