Charter Oak State College To Give Credit for edX MOOCs


Connecticut-based Charter Oak State College has announced that it will now offer credit for selected MOOCs completed through the edX platform. The public online college revealed that the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) assessed and approved the two courses.

The President of Charter Oak State College said about the school’s partnership with edX:

“Now, we have the opportunity to partner with a worldwide leader in online learning, edX, to award college credit for successful completion of select courses.”

Mr. Ed Klonoski emphasized the cost-effectiveness of digital courses:

“This partnership reflects our mission of using non-traditional means to speed adults toward the completion of their college degrees in a cost effective manner,” Campus Technology reports on the story.

In the same vein, Anant Agarwal, edX CEO, said the company is pleased to provide the opportunity to students to earn Charter Oak State College credit through the edX platform. He said:

“EdX learners around the world will now be able to earn credit for their hard work and success in MOOCs, offering an opportunity to many who would otherwise never have access to high-quality education and credit.”

Enrolled students taking the approved Charter Oak State College courses have access to unlimited course enrollment and cheaper credit compared to other non-digital pathways. Course credit is available at the price of $100 per credit hour.

Students can enroll and complete edX courses risk-free since credit payments are available after a course’s completion and only if a student decides they want to pay for credit. Students only pay for the Verified Certification fee. Credit is available to all students who complete the two courses; no admission applications are necessary.

Students successfully earning credit are eligible for an Official Credit Transcript that the Charter Oak State College will provide, New Britain Herald reports. The for-credit courses approved by the CCAP are “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python” and “Engineering Software as a Service (SaaS) Part II.”

Enrollment is already open for both MOOCs and they are scheduled to start in mid-January.

For the Engineering SaaS course by UC BerkleyX, learners will create sophisticated apps by learning how to add more relationship levels within their app models. They will also use JavaScript to improve upon their apps, edX says. David Patterson, Pardee Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Sam Joseph, an Associate Professor at the Hawaii Pacific University, and Armando Fox, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley co-teach the MOOC.

To be eligible for credit, students need to enroll as verified learners on the edX platform for one of the two approved courses. Once the student completes the course, they are notified of their eligibility for credit. The student needs a grade of 80 percent or higher to pass the digital course.

Students who want course credit need to fill in the credit request from Charter Oak State College and complete the fee payment transaction on edX’s platform to purchase the course credit. Students then can receive their official credit transcript for use in degree requirements and as a credential for future employers, Charter Oak State College said in its official news release.

edX says that other academic institutions can accept credit transfer from Charter Oak State College.