credentials for free online study-Washington Post

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  1. warguns

    warguns New Member

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    These new arrivals are harnessing the Internet to offer online courses, which isn’t new. But their classes are free, or almost free. Most traditional universities have refused to award academic credit for such online studies.

    Now the start-ups are discovering a way around that monopoly, by inventing credentials that “graduates” can take directly to employers instead of university degrees.

    “If I were the universities, I might be a little nervous,” said Alana Harrington, director of Saylor.
    org, a nonprofit organization based in the District. Established by entrepreneur Michael Saylor, it offers 200 free online college courses in 12 majors.

    Online course start-ups offer virtually free college - The Washington Post
     
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    I am all for very low priced education, however, we must consider the impact free, or near free education, would have on education in general e.g, quality, employment, salaries, over saturation and more. I do believe education is undergoing a paradigm shift---not just the online DL revolution---Straighterline's model is here to stay. Branding is important but it is not everything wherein "customers" will seek out lower priced products (learning outcomes/credentials). I believe that if state funding was trimmed back many lesser known regional state colleges and universities would fold up. In addition, the non-profit DL sector will retract.
     

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