The unfolding story of Massive Open Online Courses is getting interesting - disruption through #edtech
at its best. +Udacity
has recently announced the availability of proctored exams for its CS101 offering (computer science and Python) for US $89.
That means that if you studied CS101 through Udacity.com, you can now sit down in a Pearson testing centre and walk out with something you can put in your CV (not that you couldn't put the achievement certificate in from Udacity, but it's a system that relies a little on honesty).
I'm buzzing about this because I saw the blog post today and followed the link through to Pearson out of curiosity. I was wondering how far across the US Udacity had managed to get this out. So as it turns out, I can take this exam in Petone, near Wellington in New Zealand (and in 159 other countries). 20 minutes from my home. And I can take the exam on Monday morning if I want to. Yes, the proctored exam was announced on the 24th and is available on the 27th half way around the world. I realise that this is because Udacity are taking advantage of Pearson VUE's network but it's still impressive.
If this isn't the future of online education then I don't know what it. And Udacity is doing Good: fantastic materials delivering high quality and much needed computer science/programming education to everyone for free.