Students can have more incentive to complete MOOCs if they work to get credential.
As you knowm Massive open online courses, or kown as MOOCs, usually don’t cost a dime, but there are many benefits for those who pay to enroll, experts say.
Several years ago, experts said, major MOOC providers Coursera and edX – both partner with colleges and universities to promote online classes which have turned to models in which students have the option to either audit a MOOC for free, or pay usually only about $30 to $150 to get a “verified certificate” which indicates successful completion.
However, Coursera and edX officials say unlike the free certificates that the companies offered in the past, verification ensures the authenticity and value of the credential, those are pursuing the verified certificate option must prove their identity through photo and government-issued ID validation processes via webcam, and pass the class by meeting exam and assignment requirements.
Daphne Koller, president and co-founder of Coursera says”We see a lot of our learners, especially in courses that confer direct benefits – for instance, to one’s career – opting to pay for the certificate, posting it to their LinkedIn profile, using it in the job search and so on,”
Other companies, such as European-based online education, also provide certificates to learners who pay and fulfill MOOC requirements.
Experts say, the use of verified certificates is just one example of the growth of microcredentials in online education. Other is digital badges, which highlight specific skills and competencies which gained from online classes.
Future MOOC learners should consider these following five reasons to pay for a verified certificate.
1. Indicate more skills on a resume or profile: Coursera and edX officials find out that verified certificates are good ideal for posting online, and students can also mention the certificate on a job application, resume or their profile.
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX says “A verified certificate is an important credential that students are proud to own and share on their LinkedIn profiles or on social media,”
2. Ensure authenticity and value: Generally, certificates indicate both the institution and company which they were attended or earned, and certainly, employers can typically verify their authenticity online.
Both Coursera and edX confirm a learner’s identity by photo and government-issued ID verification through webcam. Coursera also uses typing pattern recognition to confirm students’ identities which based on the time between their keystrokes and the duration they press down different keys.
3. Have more incentive to learn and complete the MOOC: In edX MOOCs, the average completion rate among learners gaining verified certificate is about 60 percent – 10 times higher than students taking the class for free, says Agarwal.
Kelly Walsh, a chief information officer at the College of Westchester, completed a Coursera MOOC last year on how to assess and teach 21st-century skills. He says earning the certificate was a key motivating factor.
4. Get a shot credit at college: Experts say that though it’s not popular, there are some instances where verified certificates can translate to college credits.
For example, students who complete five supply chain management MIT MOOCs through edX and a final exam can receive what the school calls a “MicroMaster’s” credential. If they then apply to MIT and if they are admitted, they are qualified to gain credits in MIT’s blended graduate master’s degree program.
5. Get additional services by paying: Students who pay for the certificate might also get access to additional services that those taking it for free do not.
For example, Koller says that in many career-related MOOCs, Coursera has started incorporating the ability for paying students to submit and receive feedback on graded work.