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MOOCs and career qualifications
Waks, Leonard J.

PublishedOctober 2016
Book titleThe Evolution and Evaluation of Massive Open Online Courses: MOOCs in Motion
Chapter 5, Pages 83-101
SeriesThe Cultural and Social Foundations of Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan US
CountryUnited States, North America

Higher education offers 'secondary educational benefits' – credits and diplomas – which serve as job and career qualifications providing access to advantageous careers and social positions. Critics argue that MOOCs cannot provide such benefits. Developments since 2012 blunt these critiques. The first section of this chapter considers the contribution of MOOC certificates to diploma-based credentials when accepted for transfer credit. The second section then considers stand-alone MOOC-based qualifications such as Udacity 'nano-degrees', ALISON 'diplomas', Coursera 'specializations' and edX 'mini-masters'. The chapter ends with an examination of MOOC certificates and badges as components of digital capability portfolios. The conclusion is that bundling of learning experiences including MOOC certificates in personalized portfolios may fit the occupational credential needs of many learners better than college diplomas in the emerging 'gig economy'.

Keywords competency-based learning · digital portfolios · MOOC certificates · nano-degrees · occupational qualifications · transfer credit

Published atNew York
RefereedDoes not apply
Rights© The Author(s) 2016
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