Share your competency – create a curriculum for MOOC community

There are thousands of MOOC courses available now. If you want to learn something just find a course, enroll and study it. But what if your aim is to get education level equivalent to a college degree and you want to use MOOC? You need to have some pathway through many courses. And it is real problem . MOOC providers didn’t offer education pathways or curriculum.

There are few offers, but only for selected specialty like  Computer Programming.

However, there are no curriculum for cases if you want to study courses from different providers. This is natural to use different MOOC providers as one subject can be better explained in a course from Coursera and another subject is better to study with a course from edX.

MyEducationPath.com created a tool called Path Builder. It is aimed to help competent people to build curriculum with MOOC courses and share it for community.

So, if you are the professional in some subject, if you familiar with higher education process and curriculum creation then you can help the MOOC community.

Use the tool Path builder to create a curriculum on your subject and share it with the community in the Path directory.

The tool allows to create curriculum (“education path”) from more than 10,000 courses from our MOOC list.

Are you competent to create curriculum? If Yes, try it now.

 

New approach in planning personal education path with MOOCs

pathfinder1Our users – students of MOOCs and online courses can plan their education path with different ways:

  • Plan your education “manually” with the tool “My Education Path” where you search best courses for you and add to your scheduler.
  • Get one of prepared paths from the Paths directory. This is the directory where our users share curriculum created by them with all other users of the site. Just find the degree you need and apply the path to your scheduler.

And now we are ready to announce new way to plan your personal education path – the “Dynamic education path builder”. This tools is under testing at the moment. It runs in the beta mode. We offer our users to try it before the final launch.

How does it work

The idea of the tool is to help a student to create personal curriculum to achieve selected degree.

We did a lot of work to organize and categorize the list of online courses and MOOCs from different providers. Main tasks were to find alternative courses, prerequisites, similar courses, assign field of study and other relationships between courses. Having all this information it is possible now to build a curriculum to achieve a degree you need.

The tool allows to include only specified subject courses ( majors ) in a curriculum or add also some common subjects courses (minors).

Building a curriculum is done in 6 simple steps:

  • Choose a subject and degree;
  • Decide if you would like to study minors as well;
  • Choose minors subjects;
  • Build your curriculum. Decide if you will study all offered courses or only some of them;
  • Choose course providers. Most of courses are grouped in alternatives groups. You will choose what provider you prefer from offered alternatives;
  • Save the path to your personal plan and start your education!

Try the tool – Personal Curriculum Builder

Remember, this works in beta mode. And we wait on your feedback! Let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Show your MOOC courses certificates in a Personal Education Passport

We improved the Education Passport tool. Now it is possible to attach a certificate information to your passport records.

Many MOOC providers issue a certificate of course completion to students. Usually this is PDF file with an image of certificate. Sometime printed certificate can be received.

It can be very useful to share your certificates with the education passport tool. A certificate is a proof of your education. Many MOOC providers have certificate validation system. There is unique number on a certificate and this can be used to check if it is really your certificate or not.

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New Education Calendar layout

We continue to improve personal education planning tools.

Today we release experimental version of calendar view. This layout is called “Like MS Project”. By default, old view still work. But it is possible to open new layout with the link “View in “MS project” style”.

Let us know if this is correct direction of Calendar GUI developement!

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The calendar is the part of My Path tool.

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How MyEducationPath.com can help to get degree after MOOCs learnt

MyEducationPath.com aims to force changes to higher education to make it more affordable. We try to join different parts of new movements in this area, create integrated system and, as result, get new alternative to traditional higher education.

MOOCs do good job in this process. But MOOCs are not enough to replace traditional higher education. For last time a new round of changes started – this are accreditation service that works with the model “get college credit for what you already know”. There are couple colleges/universities where it is possible to pass an exam and get credit for low cost.

We started partnership with Excelsior College to help MOOCs students to find a way to convert their new knowledge to college credits. We listed exams from Escelsior College and mapped MOOCs to every exam which can be used to prepare to an exam. Now MOOCs students can find their courses in our MOOCs and Online courses directory and see what exams can be used for certification and getting credits.

For example, it is possible to use the exam English Composition after completing of the course  English Composition I: Achieving Expertise to get college credits.

Of course, examination is not for free. Prices are from $95 to $405. However, this is much cheaper then traditional education when you pay also for courses learning.

Having the exams listing and the courses listing allows us to build very important thing – education paths to achieve degrees assigned with a college. Such education will be really cheap and, as result, a student will get official diploma from a college where he converted his knowledge to credits.

The idea is – a student learns MOOCs for free and passes examinations on a subjects he learnt till all required credits are received to get a diploma.

There is good example of such education path. Bachelor of Science in Business from Excelsior College. Before every exam a student can learn one of offered online courses (most of them are free). For every subject there are from 2 to 8 alternatives of online courses. A student can choose from alternatives bases on feedback from other students and ratings. The path can be completed in 3 years and will cost approximately $5000 to pass all exams. As result, when all exams are successfully passed the degree will be assigned.

Soon, we will get more partners who can do examination for “what you already know” and assign college credits. Follow our updates to know when this happens.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback about the education path Bachelor of Science in Business. You can leave your comments on the path page. Do you think it will work and can be alternative to incredibly expensive traditional higher education?

Education Path builder. Help others to plan a personal education with MOOCs

We got new tool on MyEducationPath.com – Path builder. The tools is used to build an education path with MOOCs and share it to the community in the Paths directory.

The tool was created specially for people who want to force changes in higher education system. MyEducationPath.com aims to publish education paths for all popular professions and degrees and now any one can help. Paths can help MOOC students to build effective personal education path. When someone builds a path with the “Path Builder” and shared in the directory then he helps others to find alternative to expensive college education.

If you are familar with a college curriculums then you can build paths where a college courses are replaced with MOOCs. When this is published in the directory then MyEducationPath.com registered students can apply a path to own personal education path and start to follow it.

The tool can be also used by a college student to recreate his current path from a college and share with community.

MOOC Paths directory – alternatives to a college programs of study.

MyEducationPath.com did a new step towards changes in higher education. We released the Paths directory.

pathdirectoryIn the directory there will be published paths to get education degree using MOOCs and online courses. We will publish paths that can be used as replacement of traditional college programs of study.

This tool is created for people who want to get higher education of same level as in college but for free or for cheap price. Every course in a path from the directory is alternative to a course from traditional college program of study. So, if you follow a path from the directory you will get same knowledges as a traditional college students get.

For now we have only 3 paths to achive alternative education to bachelor degree in AccountingSoftware DevelopmentApplied Mathematics.

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My Path – first version of MOOC education planner is ready!

At last, our tool for planning MOOC education is available for using. Start using My Path tool now.

The tool helps MOOC students to do time management effectively and keep track with personal education.

This is the first version. It allows to build personal education plan divided for semesters. You can find courses you would like to learn in our courses directory and add them to your education path. For every added course you can specify time when you will learn it (if the course has not specified start time).

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To manage your plan go to My Path tool on the site.

With the tool you can:

  • Add courses to the path
  • Set up date and duration for a course learning.
  • View your education calendar and get notifications about upcoming events
  • Publish your Path and share with social networks
  • Find alternatives for courses and replace them
  • Publish finished courses in your Education Passport

Future improvements

We work on improvements of MOOC education planner. Soon we will add couple of new tools and features:

  • Copy Path function. If someone created his Path and published then you can simply copy this path to your.
  • Education Path templates. Anyone will be able to create Path template and publish it for community. Every template will be mapped to some degree (profession). A path will list courses plan to achive the degree.
  • Education Paths public directory. The directory will contains interesting Paths for different degrees. We hope to have Paths created as alternatives for famous universities programs to study. It will be possible to Apply any path from the directory and start folowing it to get free education with MOOCs.