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Professors set prices for the online courses

Professors set prices for the online courses
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Most of the time professors do not worry about what price point a course will sell at, or what amenities might attract a student to pick one course over another.

However, the recently created new online platform, Professor Direct, lets instructors determine: how much they will charge for a courses, how much time they want to devote to services like office hours, online tutorials, and responding to students’ e-mails.
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What is CLEP?

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What is CLEP?
The abbreviation of College Level Examination Program or CLEP is a program of exams offered by the College Board, a not-for-profit Examination Board in the United States, formed back in the nineteenth century. The College Board manages standardized tests, such as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, CLEP, ACCUPLACER, and the subject-specific SAT Subject Tests and Advanced Placement tests.

CLEP offers the opportunities to the students of any age to demonstrate the college-level achievements in a series of tests. There are approximately 2,900 colleges and universities that grant college credits and/or advanced standing for CLEP tests or exams. A credit is a unit that gives weighting to the value, level or time requirements of an academic course.

CLEP tests facilitate the US students in high schools or universities to earn credits for the successful completion of each course, for each academic term. The state or the institution sets a minimum number of credits required to graduate.

You have to be aware that there are various patterns of credits, which include one per course, one per hour/week in class, one per hour/week devoted to the course (including homework), etc.
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MOOCs in traditional education

Reasons to consider MOOCs

MOOCs in traditional education

Massive open online courses have begun to be integrated into traditional colleges — by making them eligible for transfer credits, and by putting them to use in introductory and remedial courses.

The American Council on Education, and Coursera announced a pilot project to determine whether some free online courses are similar enough to traditional college courses that should be eligible for the credit.

The council’s credit evaluation process will start early next year. They will use faculty teams to assess how much students who successfully complete Coursera MOOCs have learned. Students who want to take the free classes for credit would need to pay a fee to take an identity-verified, proctored exam.
When the faculty team deems the course worthy of academic credit, students who do well,can pay for a transcript to submit to the college of their choice.

Colleges do not need to accept those credits. It is a fact that similar transcripts are accepted by 2,000 United States colleges and universities for training courses offered by the military or by employers.

Coursera has 33 university partners and about two million students, who can earn certificates of completion, but not academic credit, for their work.

“I feel strongly that degrees are really valuable to people, and having MOOCs allow for credit down the line will increase the number of students with the confidence and wherewithal to complete degrees,” says Professor Koller. “If you’re a random student from another country, what are your chances of being admitted to a university here? But if you can show you’re a motivated student who’s completing five courses and done well on the proctored exam, I think a university would pay attention.”

The project is being followed closely by higher-education experts, who expect MOOCs to enable access to higher education and bring down the costs.

William G. Bowen, the former President of Princeton University and the Mellon Foundation, and Senior Adviser to Ithaka, a non-profit group devoted to digital technologies in higher education explains that with the additional benefits of ACE credit recommendation for Coursera courses, students will have an excellent opportunity to obtain recognized credentials.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced 13 grants, totalling more than $3 million, for MOOCs’ research. The grants are going to be used in the support of the development of MOOCs in introductory courses, like developmental math and writing. The outcome will be to see how MOOCs might be integrated into community colleges to strengthen the completion and to develop a pathway for transfer credit.

Even though there is some overlap between the Coursera and the Gates grants, only four of the nine schools that received grants are putting their MOOCs on Coursera, while the others use different platforms.

The largest grants will go to three groups:
1. American council,
2. Ithaka and
3. Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

They will explore the credit issue, consider a possible consortium for collaborating on digital courseware, and research the University of Maryland’s experience with MOOCs.

There is potential in these activities and maximum efforts need to be made in order to optimize the potential of the MOOCs and the traditional learning.

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5 Top ways to deal with semester tough times

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Normally, there are a number of events when students have difficult issues in their academic semesters. In order to live a successful academic life students have to become “a-dig-deeper” to bring out the solution of every problem.

Fortunately there are some approaches that are best to cope with all issues that stop students to grow. If you’re a college or university student who is surrounded with a number of academic issues, then you’re reading the right content. Read the information shared in this article about the 5 top ways to deal with semester tough times and explore the best ways to deal with them.
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1,000,000 Free online CLEP Prep Courses

1,000,000 Free online CLEP Prep Courses

Education portal offers free video courses to help students prepare for exams, that will earn them college credit. They have reached a million students in its first year of operation.

The portal is organized by selecting:
– degree
– school
– career or
– course
with a comprehensive number of items in each of the four categories.
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