UC Irvine MOOCs Selected for Credit Evaluation

Two of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the University of California Irvine, through its partnership with Coursera, are among the first to be evaluated by the American Council on Education. The classes, algebra and pre-calculus, are being considered for inclusion in the council's college credit recommendation service, which will make them eligible for transfer credit.

The University has also joined a separate pilot project to use measurements of student engagement when awarding certificates of participation and creating a path to degree credit. The pilot project is populated by the University of Notre Dame, Netherlands-based Technological University of Delft, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, Excelsior College, and online learning community OpenStudy.

The pilot project will use OpenStudy's assessment engine—which uses documented competencies, behavioral profiling, and social analytics to gauge students' progress—to assess students before awarding a low-cost certificate of participation. Students who are interested in receiving degree credit for one of the MOOCs taught through the pilot project will be able to take a separate assessment from Excelsior College.

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