College has new twist to online learning

April 14, 2017 06:51 PM

Many of us are guilty of it. We scroll, click and tap away, sometimes for hours, on our phones, tablets and computers. What if all that time spent online actually got you closer to completing a degree in higher education?

"We are providing to the learner the ability to affordably, flexibly and in a personalized way get the education that they want," explained Nurit Sonnenschein, the Center for Educational Measurement general manager at Excelsior College,

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It's called a CourXam. Excelsior College teamed up with Cengage Learning to create college credit worthy exams that offer more flexibility than standard online courses.

"We have these pacing guides right in the welcome section of every product that says, ‘Do you have six weeks to do this do you want to do this in 12 weeks,'" noted Sonnenschein.

Split up into modules, complete with readings, activities and quizzes, the CourXam also breaks down how much time each lesson will take to complete, allowing you to choose what you learn and when you learn it.

"You'll know how much time you need to get this one piece of it done," pointed out Sonnenschein. 

For now, 10 CourXams are being tested out including Intro to Criminal Justice, Criminology and Law Enforcement as well as master's programs for accounting and marketing. Each CourXam is equivalent to three college course credits of the same name and you have up to six months to complete it.

"They include graphs and videos and charts and you can hover over words to make sure that you get the definitions right," noted Sonnenschein.

The CourXam for criminal justice costs $450. That includes course material, an e-book, evaluations plus registration fee for the final exam.


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