Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Taking the MOOC online courses can help students gain admission at U.S. colleges.

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In recent years, college professors have shared their knowledge through massive open online courses (MOOCs), an exciting development for students all over the the world.
Today, it’s becoming clear that taking the online courses also helps students gain admission at U.S. colleges.
According to ShareAmerica, Colleges want to find the best students every bit as much those students want to find the best colleges. Online courses are an effective way to make that match. “One of the values the online classes have is they are accessible to a range of students who may not otherwise have had rigorous coursework available to them,” said Stuart Schmill, MIT’s director of admissions.
“If a student takes an edX class we’re familiar with,” said Schmill, referring to the nonprofit with which MIT distributes its MOOCs, “and does well in it, it gives us an indication of how that student might do in a rigorous course. It’s more good information for us.”
 You can explore MOOC Camps through the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to find one near you. You can learn more about the U.S. admissions process with the University of Pennsylvania’s on-demand MOOC “Applying to U.S. Universities.”
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