Colorado State University-Global Campus is offering full transfer credit for Udacity’s free introduction to computer science course. While international institutions, such as the University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of Salzburg in Austria, previously stated they will accept Udacity courses, CSU-Global is the first U.S. institution to accept classes taught by the massive open online course provider.
According to a post on the Udacity blog, students seeking the three transfer credits from CSU-Global will have to earn a completion certificate from Udacity by completing the course’s final exam. They will also have to take a proctored exam offered by Udacity. The exams, which cost $89, are administered at Pearson VUE testing centers.
The course, “Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine,” was the first class offered by Udacity and it provides an introduction to basic computer programming skills, as well as a basic knowledge of the Python programming language, by having students design and build a search engine. When the class first went online in February 94,000 students enrolled and when it was offered again in April 98,000 students registered, reported the Chronicle of Higher Education.
CSU-Global is a publicly funded, online university that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission. The school accepts transfer students who have completed at least 12 credit hours.
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