3 years ago
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Online college course = dual enrollment?

Would courses taken online on a platform such as Coursera or Edx count as a dual-enrollment course, if taken from a college?

I am asking because I have taken a Coursera/College <name> course. The educators in the course mentioned that that course is part of a 4-course degree program or something similar at their college which users can earn online. I have also paid for the certificate.

Similarly, I'm planning on taking another college course online.


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3 years ago[edited]

Both Coursera and eDx.org do have offer many courses however doubtful that those that are not part of Official Degree Program like Masters in CS from UI is tranferrable as college credit. https://www.coursera.org/degrees/master-of-computer-science-illinois

Since its mostly likely no one in the admission office would volunteer answer questions like will my Coursera or EDx class counts as dual enrollment, you probably shouldn't be investing too much time in them. I do however think they are great for showing your love of learning or your intellectual curiousity. So they certainly serve a purpose. But if you think by taking them you are going to shave some credits off your intended degree, I wouldn't count my chickens before they hatch.

For the most part, most of these courses are NOT dual enrollment courses. If a course has a short duration like 11 hours or 1 week, then you know first hand that it is more of an overview workship not a 3 or 4 credit college course. The 2nd form of acid test is cost. If a class is free, $49, or $99 or $169, it's most likely a certificate class NOT a course that comes with a college transcript that can be transferable to your college.

I personally took 2 Outlier.org courses that were online college level courses and I paid approx. $400 per course plus some Transcript fees and earn 6 college credits and received an official transcript from the University of Pittsburgh with my course grades and cummulative GPA on them. I'm not sure Columbia University will accept them as transfer credit but I'll try nevertheless.

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