By Dian Schaffhauser
There’s the master’s degree. And then there’s the “micro-master’s.” That’s what MIT is calling its new “modular credential,” which will have no admissions requirements. Earning it can shave a full semester off of a regular master’s. The topic is supply chain management (SCM), a full-time degree program that’s normally earned over 10 months on campus and costs $65,446 plus assorted fees and living expenses. Now students can take MOOCs for the first half, and then come on campus for the second half.
The first MOOC offering in the series, MicroMaster’s Credential in Supply Chain Management, delivered on the edX platform, will last for 14 weeks and require eight to 10 hours of work each week. Although the course is free, receiving a “verified certificate” will cost $150 and require students to pass a proctored exam. The class starts on February 10, 2016.
The latest approach comes two years after the institution began experimenting with a certificate program called “XSeries” sequences. An XSeries version of “Supply Chain and Logistics Management” has three courses, intended to be taken in sequential order. The passing grade for the MicroMaster’s certificate will be higher than that for the XSeries certificate, the institute explained on an FAQ page. A third course in the XSeries is expected to run in the summer of 2016. Once that’s over, MIT will replace the XSeries with the MicroMaster’s.
The newest pilot is being led by Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s dean of digital learning, and Professors Yossi Sheffi and Chris Caplice, who run the supply chain management program.
[ Full article available at Campus Technology: https://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/10/13/mit-intros-mooc-micromasters.aspx ]