Christian college students could soon earn course credits for MOOCs

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Christian college students could soon earn course credits for MOOCs

Online education has revolutionized learning. From simple classes offered through the internet to massively open online courses (MOOCs), digital technology in higher education is here to stay. While MOOCs have made a world of learning available for free to many students, some men and women of faith enrolled at Christian colleges may have been hesitant to take an MOOC because they do not award course credit. However, according to The New York Times, that could soon change.

The news source reports that five online classes offered by MOOC provider Coursera will award college credits. The American Council on Education and Coursera recently decided that the five online classes are similar enough in structure and learning outcomes to traditional courses that they should award college credits to students who complete them.

Individuals studying at Christian universities and secular institutions who want to take these courses for college credit would have to pay a fee to take an identity-verified proctored exam, after which they can send a transcript from the courses to their school or prospective colleges if they have not yet enrolled.

According to VentureBeat, the five classes that will now award college credit are pre-calculus, introduction to genetics and evolution, bioelectricity: a quantitative approach, calculus: single variable, and algebra, though this course is only available as a vocational credit.

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