MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are a popular topic of conversation here at Daily Edventures – and not surprisingly, Sal Khan talked a lot about their potential during his recent visit to the Microsoft campus. But in order for MOOCs to transform higher education as many believe they will, they must first be accepted for credit at colleges and universities. It’s a tough hurdle to get over, but an announcement from the American Council on Education (ACE) earlier this month may have lowered that hurdle in a significant way.
The council, an association that advises college presidents at 1,800 member colleges, recommended five online courses for credit. If colleges choose to follow the recommendation, students could soon earn college credits for attending MOOCs. Whatever happens, the move seems to be a strong indicator that MOOCs are already disrupting the status-quo in higher education, and I suspect this is just the start.