By Steve Kolowich
The American Council on Education said last year that it would run an experiment on ways to help MOOC students redeem success in the free online courses for credit at traditional universities. But that project, like earlier efforts to turn MOOC success into college credit, has run into obstacles.
“The wheels turn slowly,” Ray Schroeder, the project’s director, said in an email. “No data has been collected yet.”
The plan was to find a group of universities that would grant credit to successful MOOC students on a trial basis—as long as the students enrolled in tuition-based programs, using those free credits to get a head start toward a traditional college credential. Mr. Schroeder, who is associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and his team would then track those students to see how well the MOOCs had prepared them for traditional coursework.
[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/credit-for-moocs-effort-hits-a-snag/49573 ]