Awarding college credit for MOOCs: The role of the American Council on Education


  • Jason E Stone Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City



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Emerging alongside the open educational resources movement of the past decade, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been widely heralded as advancing cause of providing increased access to higher education. The article explores the implications of the recommendation by the American Council on Education (ACE) to offer college credit for a select group of MOOC offerings, with regard to benchmarks of access and affordability, in light of recent developments in credentialing. In particular, the article examines the innovative partnership between Arizona State University’s Global Freshman Academy (GFA) and MOOC provider edX, with regard to its potential to both disrupt and transform higher education by contributing to the development of accessible, affordable, alternative credentialing pathways.


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Author Biography

Jason E Stone, Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

Jason E. Stone is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City, where he serves as the Division Head of Liberal Arts. His interests include MOOCs, online education, transformational educational leadership, educational policy rhetoric, higher educational organizational culture, and organizational trust. A finalist for the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Administration in 2012 & 2013 and winner of the Kamm Fellowship, Mr. Stone is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Oklahoma State University.




How to Cite

Stone, J. E. (2016). Awarding college credit for MOOCs: The role of the American Council on Education. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 38.



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