I don’t have a lot of time today to post a long post (I’m going to do an epic post tomorrow) but here’s a little tidbit.
Perhaps the most striking development in the evolution of for-credit MOOCs has been the decision by ACE to approve five MOOCs for its credit recommendations. The move gives individual institutions the option of granting credit.
Some MOOCs are now starting to be worth credits at universities. This is hugely important. Credentialing is the bread and butter of universities, not teaching. You can offer all the free classes you want but if you can’t get credit then universities are not threatened. Now they are.
Of course, it’s only small courses here and there that are offering credit. Nothing that will threaten the massive higher educational complex right? Of course, starting on the edges is the very nature of Disruptive Innovation. Keep in mind the modern MOOC has only been around since 2011. That’s very rapid development. That’s evolution at Internet speeds. Where will it be in another 5 years?