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YouTube unveils new program for students to earn college credits • TechCrunch

YouTube announced today that it has teamed up 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 its new program, called College Foundations, is designed to create an affordable and accessible way to earn college credit.

As of today, students can register for four courses commencing March 7, 2023 and eligible for transfer credit. The program does not require applications or a minimum GPA for enrollment. It includes general first-year college courses, including Intro to Human Communication, Rhetoric and Composition, Real World College Math, and U.S. History to 1865.

The program is expected to expand to 12 available courses by January 2025 to allow students to receive college credit for an entire first year of college. There is a $25 fee if a student chooses to apply and begin courses, and a $400 fee to receive tuition for each course. Anyone who registers before March 7 will receive a € 50 discount. Courses can be taken as many times as necessary until the student is satisfied with their grade. The credit can then be used at institutions that accept college credit from Arizona State University.

College Foundations is an extension of an existing Study Hall partnership between Arizona State University, YouTube and Crash Course, an education 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 research and teach students on ASU’s campuses, the classes combine ASU’s academic excellence with the immersive storytelling of Crash Courses — all on the broad platform of YouTube,” the company said in a statement. blog post.

For starters, students can take a free taster of courses and then enroll in a course of their choice, after which they can start earning college credits. Once you are in a course, you can contact a success coach via email for help with assignments. You can complete your coursework at your convenience, but most courses have weekly due dates. If you want access to additional support, some instructors have optional office hours.

YouTube has long been home to educational content, and the ability to earn college credits takes this content focus even further by providing users with a direct path to formal education.

The announcement comes as YouTube recently unveiled Courses, a feature that will attempt to provide structured learning experience on YouTube in India. Teachers can publish and organize their videos and provide text reading materials and questions directly in the video app.

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