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4 Features You Can Now Get by Paying for MOOCs

4 Features You Can Now Get by Paying for MOOCs

Опубликовано 18.04.2016



The major MOOC providers edX and Coursera are shifting to business models where students have options to pay for credentials and multi-course specializations, in some cases enabling them access to instructor feedback and student interaction that aren't typically offered otherwise. EdX and Coursera each partner with multiple universities to develop MOOC content in various disciplines.

Given that MOOCs can be expensive to produce, it makes sense that providers would find ways to make a profit, says Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois—Springfield. Even when charging a fee, MOOCs are and will continue to be less expensive than paying for credit-bearing courses offered. “In the beginning, the return to universities came in generally marketing and publicity and giving examples of quality lectures, and showcasing certain faculty members who work for certain departments to prospective students,” Schroeder says. “And yet still, that was a rather high price to pay for just that kind of indirect benefit.” Nanodegrees enable students to earn a credential as they develop job-specific skills through project-based learning, and those who pay get additional benefits on top of the nanodegree, including access to live coaches. Meanwhile, students who enroll in edX and Coursera MOOCs might now gain access to the following features, the availability of which vary depending on the class and discipline.