How can help to get degree after MOOCs learnt 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?

New features make planning of education path easier.

We added couple new features to make the service more useful to students.

Now on a course page we display all path from the Paths directory where the course is included.

Additionally, for a course we list students who already learned this course (added to Education Passport) or plan to learn (added to Personal Education Path). This is the first step to bring power of social networking to the service. Next step is to create a function to find friends to learn a MOOC together and build local groups to learn MOOCs or to follow a path to get alternative higher education.

To see how this works check, for example, the course History of Ancient Civilization.