Posts Tagged: Udacity

First MOOC Accredited Degree: Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Tech

CrunchU, you’re now below the fold.

Georgia Tech teamed up with Udacity and AT&T to offer the first accredited masters degree in computer science through MOOCs. In terms of pricing, they’re still testing the market, but the magic number appears to be below $7,000. If you’d like to read the official press release, you may do so here.

What do you think accreditation and tuition will mean for MOOC attrition rates? Does $7,000 seem like a fair price? What’s your perspective on this latest move in MOOCs?

Learning More about the Saylor Foundation

In the last six months the buzz has been about Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, and edX, but what about the Saylor Foundation? If you want to learn more about the Saylor Foundation and the story behind the non-profit, check out “A Dot-Com Entrepreneur’s Wild Ambition: Drive Education Costs to Zero” published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Saylor acts more as an aggregator and less of a producer. Also, sidestepping the issues of accreditation concerning MOOC’s, students can take tests through StraighterLine, CLEP, or Excelsior College with whom Saylor has partnered. It’s also interesting that Saylor is collaborating with Google to use Google’s open Course Builder as a way to offer classes.

The landscape of online learning is quickly changing. Which models will succeed and who will be on the stage in six months? For now there are serious contenders like Coursera, but who knows if they’ll last. The video below explains more about Saylor and the foundation’s approach to education. Which approach is the best one to take?

A Message from Saylor

Students

As always, I’m interested in hearing from students who have enrolled in new online learning opportunities. We can get the message from the company or non-profit, but the perspective is much different. Have you taken a course through Saylor, and if so, what was your experience?