In one of my last blogs I spoke about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Coursera, the Mountain View, CA based organization is one of them. They offer an online platform for about 200 classes from 34 universities such as Princeton, Duke and Stanford.
One of the questions I posted (assessing learning) is now being addressed by the American Council on Education (ACE). Yesterday, Coursera announced that ACE will evaluate 5 of their courses to find out if students can earn credits (credit equivalency). Individual universities would decide to grant credit to students who complete such classes… “but a stamp of approval from ACE would likely go a long way toward persuading at least some U.S. institutions to do so.” So this could mean that eventually the more than 1.8 million Coursera students can get their learning recognized.