Dual Credit Courses – Marshall University
- Computer – MIS 200 – 3 hours for one year
- American History 1877 to Present – HST 230/231 – 3 hours per semester
- Twentieth Century History/Civics – HST 102/103 – 3 hours per semester
- English 101/102 – 3 hours per semester
- Speech/Public Speaking – CMM 103 – 3 hours per semester
- Statistics/Data Analysis – MTH 225 – 3 hours for one year
- Advanced Biology – BIO 104/105 – 4 hours per semester
- College Algebra/College Trig – MTH 127/122 – 5 hours Fall/3 hours Spring
- Psychology – PSY 201/204 – 3 hours per semester
West Virginia Virtual School
Online College Courses in the High Schools – www.marshall.edu/occhs
Free College Courses:
Harvard and MIT have started a nonprofit hub at edX.org, where you can learn Greek classics from a Harvard professor or quantum mechanics via Berkeley.
Another for-profit site, Udacity.com, it mostly offers classes without a university’s stamp, but it features star teachers like founder Sebastian Thrun, a co-inventor of Google’s experimental self-driving car, who teaches artificial intelligence for robotics.
The MIT-built MOOCs offer a chance to earn an”MITx” — not MIT — credential that won’t on its own help you toward a degree but might look nice at the bottom of a résumé next to other continuing-ed classes.
Even if there’s no cheap and easy back-door into an Ivy league university like the University of Pennsylvania, a student may soon be able to take what he or she learns from the Penn-taught calculus class on Coursera.org and have another college award the credit.
Coursera’s Penn calculus class is one of four college-level MOOCs — all on Coursera — with an ACE recommendation as of early April. To get credit, you first must pay Coursera a fee, currently $128, for verifying your identity and proctoring the exams. (This could be one way Coursera someday makes money.) This doesn’t, however, guarantee a college will follow the ACE recommendation and award credit. It’s up to the student to persuade their school.
Plenty of free resources are available online for students who want to learn a new topic, but these free options don’t generally lead to college credit. Students who want to earn college credit might want to look for online options that charge a small fee in exchange for access to online lessons. These fee-based courses can help students earn alternative forms of college credit.
Education-portal.com is an Education Portal that offers this style of distance learning with quick, engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. Students can also find free transcripts for the video lessons. Both the transcripts and the video lessons can lead to college credit. Students can find a number of courses through Education Portal’s extensive online resources.