Over the past year a number of workable delivery methods have emerged in the realm of online education: Coursera, EdX and Udacity, to name a few big ones. The question now is how quickly traditional universities will jump on this bullet train.
We can add Colorado State to the list of the online Sooners. The school announced it will give transfer credits to students who complete one or more of a selection of online courses and pass a proctored exam. As the New York Times reports, the proctored exam is the key component of this feature, as it reduces the risk of cheating and increases the value of the credential:
Udacity announced its arrangement with Pearson VUE earlier this year. Only students who take a proctored test at a Pearson VUE center, for a fee of $89, will be eligible for credit at Colorado’s Global Campus. But Bob Whelan, the president of Pearson VUE, said it would be some time before either edX or Udacity exams are ready.
At the moment, this appears to be something of a trial, as it’s limited to just three courses. But if all works as planned, the program will expand, and other schools may follow suit.