【足不出户成为名校硕士?MIT说:是的】

【足不出户成为名校硕士?MIT说:是的】麻省理工学院在上周宣布了一项试点项目:其在线课程学生在缴纳一定学费后参加考试,通过即可获得次级硕士学位(MicroMaster),首学期于网课中表现优异者甚至可以申请在校园里完成第二学期课业。MIT认为提供学位是在线课程变革的第一步。

MIT to offer credit for online semester of master’s courses2230

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for four years, with one major downside: They didn’t count toward a degree. That’s about to change.

In a pilot project announced last week, students someday soon will be able to take a semester of free online courses in one of MIT’s graduate programs and then, if they pay a fee of about $1,500 that the school considers “modest” and pass an exam, they can earn a “MicroMaster’s” credential, the school said.

The new degree represents half of the university’s one-year master’s-degree program in supply-chain management. As part of the pilot project, students who perform well in the online half can apply to finish the second semester on campus, although they would have to pay tuition for that part. At the end, students who start the program online would pay less than those who take the full year on campus.

The fee for the MicroMaster’s degree amounts to what it now costs to receive a “verified certificate” for finishing online classes, the university said. Costs vary, but it’s often $50 per course.

“The rising cost of education, combined with the transformative potential of online teaching and learning technologies, presents a long-term challenge that no university can afford to ignore,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said in a statement. “At MIT, we are choosing to meet this challenge directly by assessing the educational model that has served the institute so well for so long.”

Amid the growth of free online courses, some academics predicted that it would spell the end of traditional college courses and perhaps undermine the need for university degrees. But MIT follows other schools trying to merge those online classes with a university-stamped degree.

This year, Arizona State University started offering freshman courses online for free, with the option to pay for course credit later at a cost of up to $200 per credit hour. The Georgia Institute of Technology offers an online master’s degree in computer science for $6,600, but the classes can be taken for free without credit. The University of Illinois has an online master’s degree in business using a similar model.

MIT and Harvard were seen as pioneers in 2011 when they created the provider for free online courses, edX. The idea was to spread education far, snipping the tie between knowledge and academic credit. Although the pilot program will reintroduce course credit, MIT says it’s the next step along the same path.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/10/12/mit-to-offer-credit-for-online-semester-of-masters-courses.html


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