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YouTube unveils new program that enables students to earn college credits • TechCrunch


YouTube announced today it’s partnering with Arizona State University and educational video company Crash Course to launch a new program that allows students to earn college credit. The Google-owned company says the new program, called College Foundations, is designed to create an accessible and affordable way to earn college credit.

Starting today, students can register for four courses commencing March 7, 2023 and eligible for transfer credit. The program does not require an application or a minimum GPA to apply. It covers popular first-year college courses, including Introduction to Human Communication, Rhetoric and Essay Writing, Real World College Mathematics, and American History to 1865.

The program is expected to expand to 12 courses available in January 2025 to give students the opportunity to receive credit for their entire first year of college. There is a $25 fee if a student chooses to register and begin courses, and a $400 fee to receive college credit for each course. Those who sign up before March 7 will receive a $50 discount. Courses can be taken as often as needed until the student is satisfied with his or her score. The credit can then be used at institutions that accept credit from Arizona State University.

College Foundations is an expansion of an existing Study Hall partnership between Arizona State University, YouTube, and Crash Course, an educational channel with more than 14 million subscribers and founded by John and Hank Green.

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“Developed and taught by the same faculty who conduct research and teach students at ASU campuses, the lessons combine the academic excellence of ASU with the engaging storytelling of Crash Courses — all available on YouTube’s broad reach platform,” the company said in a statement. blog post.

To start, students can take the preliminary courses for free and then sign up for a course of their choice, after which they can start earning credits. After taking a course, you can contact a success coach via email to get help with the exercise. You can complete your course when it’s convenient for you, but you’ll have weekly due dates for most courses. If you would like to access additional support, some instructors hold optional office hours.

YouTube has been the home of educational content for quite some time now, and the ability to earn college credits helps to further focus this content by providing users with a direct path to formal education.

The announcement was made when YouTube recently course disclosure, a feature that will seek to deliver a structured learning experience on YouTube in India. Teachers will be able to publish and curate their videos, and provide reading materials and quizzes right on the video app.

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