Course completion as a criteria of understanding the subject would indicate two
levels of knowledge for the course - beginning and end. Regardless of the final
status for each course taken, the increased familiarity or secondary aspects of
education (reading, critical thinking, observation) can have a positive impact.
MOOCS are an avenue for access to information with low barriers of obtainment.
Actual completion results are irrelevant on a large, non-individual scale.
Don't know why they are offering these courses so cheap or free in world
wide distribution while the schools are getting paid federal grants from the tax
payers. There is a need for this kind of schools but they should not be free to
the students taking them or funded by federal freebies.Its logical
that these are motivated career seekers who target specific classes and subject
matter to further a career then drop out with the free information and
certificates they have acquired for a resume.But I think accredited
education must be done in formal classrooms with students/professor interactions
that are part of the learning process. Not everyone can read and be productive
to society, it always takes skills and abilities that should be factored in as
part of their eduction.