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Muvaffak Gozaydin

ASU has been providing on line courses and degrees for 13,000 students out of 50,000 already .
( It is expensive tough, $ 1,500 per course )

Now ASU is cooperating with EDX . WHY ??

ASU still will develop online courses.
EDX will provide its platform and share the income .
But fee is $ 600 per 3 credit courses . Wooovvvv.
How come ? Was ASU platform too expensive . ?

ASU has already platform . Why do they need EDX ?

Lloyd comments: good questions, and I don't know the answers. Perhaps their present platform is not really set up for MOOC like volume that they hope to get. They may also have wanted the edX visibility, and the ability to join a really big-data operation that can help drive modifications to improve learning. All guesses, however.

Burck Smith

Hey Lloyd -- I think the real value is a big brand college stating publicly that MOOCs will count for credit and that the biggest pricing attraction is the low cost of failure (start for $49 per course). The actual program details make me wonder whether this particular program will get students. Without financial aid, the program is competing with all the other ways to get college credit. CLEP is roughly $85 per exam. CC credits are $85 per credit in AZ. Of course, StraighterLine's freshman year offering is 1/5th this price. Without financial aid, students will be price shopping and $600 per course is pretty expensive. What it does signal is the collapse of tiered pricing for online courses within colleges and between colleges and non-colleges.

Lloyd comments: Hi Burck - thanks for your great points. First, this is a surprisingly expensive option, but one can hope that ASU decides to lower the price as they get closer to roll-out. However, as you point out, this is the first big brand place to give regular academic credits for a MOOC-like course, and there is value associated with that. Another benefit (if it actually happens) is that these courses will provide a coherent, coordinated GE program, which the research suggests should provide an enormous educational benefit. I view this as another experiment that will give us more useful data on where markets really lie.

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