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    SteveFoerster is offline Resident Gadfly
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    Saylor.org Course Exams Earn College Credit Recommendation

    Saylor.org Course Exams Earn College Credit Recommendation

    There are only three so far, but knowing the Saylor Foundation, hopefully they're just getting started with this.
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    very interesting.

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    I wish they would add some upper division classes :)
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    Whatever happened to the partnership with Straighterline? I haven't heard anything about it since the initial press release back near the beginning of the year.

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    Straighterline is using Saylor for Microbiology. It looks like they might start using them for English Comp II soon.

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    I'm surprised this thread didn't receive more interest. This is huge news for distance and free learning. Great article Steve.

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    I have not heard of NCCRS, what is their standing as compared to DETC or the regional accreditors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackrussell View Post
    I have not heard of NCCRS, what is their standing as compared to DETC or the regional accreditors?
    Where did you see NCCRS? Saylor's courses are ACE evaluated, which is a different process from accreditation but which leads many regionally accredited and nationally accredited institutions to accept such courses as the equivalent to transfer credit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    Where did you see NCCRS? Saylor's courses are ACE evaluated, which is a different process from accreditation but which leads many regionally accredited and nationally accredited institutions to accept such courses as the equivalent to transfer credit.
    When I accessed the link given by the OP, this is what they had written

    The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS, Regents Research Fund, USNY) has approved three Saylor.org course exams for recommended credit at over 1500 cooperating colleges and universities. Students passing a proctored exam can potentially obtain three credits for each of the recommended courses:
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    Yes, they are not ACE-evaluated; they are approved for college credit by NCCRS. Neither ACE nor NCCRS is a regional or national accreditor. They are organizations that evaluate non-traditional courses and tests and make college credit recommendations. In some cases, it might be easier to transfer NCCRS and ACE-approved courses than nationally-accredited courses to regionally-accredited schools. ACE-approved courses are more widely accepted than NCCRS-approved credits.
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    I stand corrected -- I thought they were ACE evaluated, and I didn't recognize "NCCRS" because I'm more familiar with their old name ("national PONSI").
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    PONSI was such a brilliant name to have, smh. It doesn't make one think of PONZI scheme at all...

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    Do students learn the material and then take a single comprehensive test at the end? If so then I don't think a lot of students will like it. Most students like getting half their credit from assignments so that their test anxiety lowers a bit. Its a common topic on sites like this where students are afraid of the one big test model. If you are going to do the one big test, why not just take a CLEP/DSST which is recognized almost universally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryoder View Post
    Do students learn the material and then take a single comprehensive test at the end? If so then I don't think a lot of students will like it. Most students like getting half their credit from assignments so that their test anxiety lowers a bit. Its a common topic on sites like this where students are afraid of the one big test model.
    I can sort of understand this, but I still think it's a misnomer that exam-only processes are typically referred to as "high stakes testing". When they cost so little, especially relative to an actual course, perhaps they should be called "low stakes testing".

    If you are going to do the one big test, why not just take a CLEP/DSST which is recognized almost universally?
    Someone might prefer Saylor Foundation courses to CLEP because (1) the learning materials and exam are tightly integrated, (2) the learning materials are available without cost, (3) subjects are offered that aren't available by CLEP or DSST, or (4) they're already interested in using the credit at an institution that is known to accept them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    Someone might prefer Saylor Foundation courses to CLEP because (1) the learning materials and exam are tightly integrated, (2) the learning materials are available without cost, (3) subjects are offered that aren't available by CLEP or DSST, or (4) they're already interested in using the credit at an institution that is known to accept them.
    There are also populations for whom CLEP and/or DSST testing centers aren't easily accessible. There's apparently not a single CLEP center in ANY of China, India, Russia, Brazil, and I stopped there but you get the idea!

    Also consider people with severe disabilities. Also, prisoners.

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    Good for CLEP Prep?

    Sorry for posting in an older thread, but I felt it was the best one to post to. Has anyone used any of the Saylor.org courses exclusively to study for a CLEP/DSST/ECE? If so, were you able to pass the exam first time?

    This site has a large amount of data in it and the courses look well made. Naturally, the best way to understand the quality of the data is to test it against a recognized standard, such as CLEP/DSST/ECE. So, before diving headlong into a course, with the intent of using it in order to prepare for a CLEP, I thought I'd ask the above question.

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