Credit for MOOCs? Not so much


John Ebersole, president of the online Excelsior College, wrote in a blog post that assuring students learn and take quizzes and tests that can be checked for authenticity will be a hurdle for those who want MOOCs to be offered for course credit.

“While some MOOC providers do verify the identity of those taking their course, and proctor their end-of-course examinations, little attention is being given the security of the assessment instruments,” Ebersole wrote. “This could become a problem.”

“In return for paying more attention to learning outcomes, and how they are measured, MOOC providers can not only help enhance the credibility of this pioneering effort, but also gain credibility in the eyes of critics,” he continued. “It can also provide those who complete their offerings with the credit they seek.”

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