Professors: Massive online courses shouldn’t be worth college credit

Professors teaching hundreds or thousands of students online has been all the buzz in academic circles, but the professors who teach those courses say they shouldn’t be worth college credit, Redlands Daily Facts reports. That’s the big finding in a study published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The magazine surveyed 103 professors who teach what are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, in February. The courses are sometimes taken by thousands of students at one time, on subjects ranging from basic English literature courses to engineering. The courses are popular with legislators and administrators, as a way to stretch college funds at a time when budgets are tight. Although 86 percent of the professors surveyed thought the courses could help reduce the cost of a college degree, 72 percent don’t believe the courses themselves should count for college credit.

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