Six universities from around the world plan experiment with MOOCs that could expand to other online offerings
By Jack Grove for Times Higher Education
Six universities from Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S. are seeking to establish a new alliance in which each organization’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) are formally accredited by partner institutions.
The proposed system could be similar to the European Credit Transfer System, which enables universities to recognize marks gained by students while studying at other institutions within the European Union.
However, the proposed system — involving Delft University of Technology, ETH Zurich — Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the Australian National University, the University of Queensland, the University of British Columbia and Boston University — is believed to be the first international initiative relating to online courses.
“The potential of this scheme is huge, but we need to think about it clearly,” said Anka Mulder, vice president of education and operations at Delft.
“We have to map out a system to see how qualifications compare,” she added.
This will require the consortium to develop a system of reliable testing for MOOCs and to develop coding systems to measure the level and weight of each course, as well as to examine the entry requirements for each module.
[ Full article available at Inside Higher Ed: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/07/6-universities-around-world-plan-pilot-credit-transfer-online-courses ]