MOOC Trends in 2016: College Credit, Credentials, and Degrees


If the goal of college credit is to demonstrate mastery of a particular topic, wouldn’t a verified certificate just do the job? That is why professional credentials like Coursera Specializations, MicroMasters, Kadenze Programs, and FutureLearn Programs might gain better adoption rates among learners. Some of these credentials also offer a credit in addition to a verified certificate.  Offering credit in the first place adds a lot of integrity to these credentials. By creating a tangible real world outcome, it also makes it easier for a jobseeker to communicate that the credential has a certain level of rigor attached.

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