Chances are that you’ve been reading about Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs. They’ve been making a lot of news lately. Respected institutions like Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale have started to offer them.
But before you sign up and invest your time, here are some issues to think about. While MOOCs are “hot” today, StraighterLine works harder to help you reach your educational goals . . .
- StraighterLine lets you earn credits and transfer them easily to the college of your choice. StraighterLine’s courses have been reviewed and recommended by the American Council on Education which enables students to transfer the credits they have earned to hundreds of American colleges and universities. While some MOOCs are starting to offer credit-earning options, most do not. So be sure to investigate this question before you sign up.
- StraighterLine helps you become a student at a great college or university. After completing courses and earning credits at StraighterLine, you can apply directly for admission to one of StraighterLine’s select group of Partner Colleges and Universities. You’ll find excellent colleges and universities that have been making the news, like Western Governors University, Thomas Edison State College, Liberty University Online, and more than 30 others. This option is not available through MOOCs.
- StraighterLine offers tutoring and support for its students. In most cases, MOOCs are off-the-shelf products that deliver their content in one direction: from the course provider to you, the student. There is usually no opportunity for you to contact the instructor or the school with any questions you might have. In contrast, StraighterLine’s online classes provides each student with online support that has won praise from students.
So, Are MOOCs for You?
MOOCs can be fine choices for students who want to watch college lectures or explore new interests. But if your ambition is to use online learning to earn a college degree faster and cut college costs, the choice is clear. I urge you to investigate StraighterLine.
This blog was provided by Barry Lenson, the editor of the StraighterLine Blog and a frequent education contributor for TodaysCampus.com and other blogs. Burck Smith, the CEO and founder of StraighterLine, was a guest on College Smart Radio “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College” on March 23rd, 2013. Listen to this broadcast on YouTube here.