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Watch: YouTube announces a program for students to earn college credits watching videos

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YouTube today announced a collaboration with Arizona State University and educational video business Crash Course to establish a new initiative that allows students to earn college credit. According to the Google-owned company, the new College Foundations program is intended to establish an affordable and accessible option to earn college credit.

How it works:

“Starting today, students can sign up here for four “College Foundations” courses which start on March 7, 2023, and offer eligibility for transfer credit. This suite encompasses the most common first-year college courses at many higher-education institutions: English Composition, College Math, US History and Human Communication. Developed and taught by the same faculty who conducts research and teaches students on ASU’s campuses, the lessons combine ASU’s academic excellence with Crash Courses’ compelling storytelling — all on YouTube’s wide-reaching platform. Anyone can get started — no applications or minimum GPAs needed.”

“Study Hall is slated to expand to 12 available courses by January 2025. This will give learners a chance to receive credit for an entire first year of college from a top public research university at a time and place that works best for them. And they’re available to watch at no cost! There is a $25 fee if the learner elects to sign up and begin coursework, and an optional $400 fee to receive college credit for each course. Learners who register before March 7, 2023, will receive special scholarship pricing of $350 per course — less than one-third of the average course cost at a public four-year university for in-state students and 90% lower than the average course cost of a private four-year university.” Source Google.

So far, the program is available only through Arizona State University. We hope to see Google expand the program with other colleges soon.

You Tube has always been the premier website for those seeking how to learn and discover things. Teachers have used it to promote lessons and full-on courses.  It has always been a search tool for those looking to solve a problem, learn new ways to do things as well as promote their own business.

In addition, Google has expanded a learning program for YouTube in India. Google said, “The project, titled ‘Courses,’ involves a small selection of producers who will deliver free or paid courses to viewers. In the beta phase, creators such as LearnoHub, Speak English with Aishwarya, and Telusko will develop courses in academic and vocational disciplines in several Indian languages.

Teachers can upload and arrange video content, give text reading materials, and ask questions.  Creators can charge for content as well as offer courses for free. If someone buys a course, they will see no advertisements.

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