Sorry if it's a stupid question. While filling the Common Application forms, I came across a question "have you taken any college/university course since 9th grade?". There is a space for courses taught online. I have taken Coursera's Probabilistic Graphical Models and Udacity's Artificial Intelligence for Robotics: Programming A Robotic Car. Do these courses count as university courses? If yes, how do I file the space "College or University And Location"? Do I provide information about Coursera or the university which prepared the course? Here's a screenshot of the question:
Thanks in advance.
asked 15 Dec '12, 11:12
The answer is clearly no (with a small qualification). The same organizations may come up in the future with accredited versions of these same courses, but whatever we have studied until now does not officially count officially as college courses.
The small qualification is that IIRC at least one German university chose to accept AI-class as equivalent to a course of theirs, and this university reached an agreement with AI-class. But even in that case you had to take the exam in their classroom in Germany instead of online, otherwise it didn't count. I'm not aware of other similar agreements between other online courses and other universities.
That form is for more traditional official online offerings from established universities, for example: http://www.ufedge.ufl.edu/
Check out this Hangout on Air recording - https://plus.google.com/u/1/103266364845729488839/posts/DsjbZqbs8E1
Representatives on two colleges touched the subject on MOOCs for college applicants.
answered 18 Dec '12, 12:15
I think the answer is no, but this seems like an important practical question that is worth asking Coursera, Udacity, EdX, etc. directly. One question would be whether there is an applicable CEEB code. Even if there is no transferable credit, it seems like both the students and the course providers would benefit from satisfying the conditions to appear in an application like this. For perspective, I would bet that University of Phoenix classes could be used in your application. My guess would be that PGM compares favorably to many of those (with the usual identity verification and cheating caveats we frequently discuss on aiqus).
If you find out anything more about answers to your question please post.
answered 15 Dec '12, 13:12
I assume you are talking about this.
I would list my coursera/udacity courses. Worst case the admissions officer looks at it and thinks you are reaching. Best case they have heard buzz about MOOCs and this makes your application stand out.
As long as you don't misrepresent these classes as accredited from stanford, or some other real university, I think you will be fine. imho.
answered 17 Dec '12, 12:37