Today, the massive open online course site, Coursera, announced an incredible feat for online education. Five Coursera courses, four undergraduate and one vocational, have been approved and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT).

College students may now be able to avoid the classroom and still receive credit for completing a course.

Receiving credit, however, will be up to each school with no guarantee that credit for Coursera courses will be validated. Despite this, more than 2,000 schools do consider recommendations made by ACE CREDIT.

The equivalent of two to three credits will be received, depending on the course.

The four approved undergraduate courses are:

The lone vocational course is Algebra from the University of California, Irvine.

Starting today, you can sign up for any of the approved courses and begin earning your way to an ACE CREDIT recommendation. But in order to receive the credit, you’ll have to join the course’s Signature Track, a special identity verification process and take a proctored exam after the course ends. Coursera works with an online proctoring service called ProctorU to give students anywhere in the world the chance to officially complete a course by using a webcam as verification.

The total cost for one of the approved courses will range from $100-$190, needed for identity verification.

Administrators from the partnered universities are proud to be involved with Coursera and the future of online education.

“We are excited by this opportunity to experiment with new ways of using our MOOC courses to extend our educational reach and provide credit for students who would not otherwise have access to our faculty,” said Duke Provost Peter Lange. “MOOCs, often in combination with the creativity of individual universities, have much potential to open and enrich the educational offerings available to students across the United States and the globe. We are pleased to be part of these efforts.”

“As educators at UC Irvine, it is exciting to be a part of an online education milestone,” said Sarah Eichhorn, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies at UCI’s mathematics department. “The two classes we’re offering through Coursera are the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. My colleague Dr. Rachel Lehman and I are thrilled that students around the world will now have the opportunity to view math as a doable, beautiful, powerful tool.”

Coursera is looking to work with ACE more in the coming months to evaluate other courses for recommendation.

Article Source: Coursera (via The Next Web) | Image Source: Kevin Dooley