California Universities Experimenting with MOOCs for Credit

It seems the university business model is finally evolving to engage more learners and be more inclusive (formally).

San Jose State University announced an unusual pilot project with Udacity, a for-profit provider of the massive open online courses, to jointly create three introductory mathematics classes. The courses will be free online, but students who want credit from San Jose State will be able to take them for just $150, far less than the $450 to $750 that students would typically pay for a credit-bearing course. The University of California system may eventually decide to work with MOOC providers as well: Leaders of Udacity and Coursera, another for-profit MOOC company, were scheduled to appear before the university’s Board of Regents this week.