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Is it worth it to pay for a certificate from edX?

  1. Feb 27, 2015 #1
    I am doing an online course on edX, but the policy is that i will not get a certificate if i dont pay for it. So are certficates from edX really worth it? Are they recognised by academic institutions?
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  3. Feb 27, 2015 #2
    The backing of MIT and Harvard is promising. The certificates won't transfer as school credits. What do you mean by recognized by academic institutions? With only being 3 years old I wonder how many academic institutions know much about edX.

    Here is a little read
  4. Feb 27, 2015 #3
    Thank you, the link was very useful. I dont think i will pay, i am motivated enough to work through the course material.
  5. Mar 4, 2015 #4


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    You did not specify what type of courseware you are planning to take.

    If you were trying to show a mastery of statistics for example, you could look at certification through ASQ (American Society of Quality). All of their certifications are well regarded (I believe this organization is 20 years or older). There are other types of professional certifications as well, depending upon your area of interest.

    And there are online programs as well.

    Let us know what your area of interest is.
  6. Mar 4, 2015 #5
    I am taking 8.05x masterinng quantum mechanics. Its already too late to pay for the certificate anyway, but tell me your opinion.
  7. Mar 4, 2015 #6


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    You are probably smart by not paying for that.

    What would help you best upon finishing some of these type of classes is a published White paper to reference when you need to prove your mastery of the subject.

    At the very least it will help you in future graduate work, if you can apply it to your studies or research. Not all coursework will be relevant to you in the near or often even the far future aside from personal satisfaction of knowledge gained.
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    :oldconfused: I don't remember ever seeing the term "white paper" in this context. What would be in that paper, and where would he publish it?
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    This is not something I would suggest for someone taking anything but Phd quality coursework, but 8.05 X indicates doctorial level type study. (I am editing, mea culpa) This is an intermediate class and the rest of my comments DO NOT apply. But it is good information for someone who may pursue upper level independent study.

    This isn't for some undergrad who believes they are formulating new unproven frontiers of science. There really is no other alternative if someone wants to demonstrate a knowledge of his advanced independent studies than to publish.
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  10. Mar 7, 2015 #9
    I'm taking that too :)

    I don't normally pay for MOOCs. Sometimes I do, but it's because I enjoy the program and want to support it, not because I think it will actually get me anything. I know edX has a scheme for some of the courses where you can decide how much to donate (I'll usually leave $10 or $20) and on Coursera they're not terribly expensive. The groups that produce MOOC content do so for free, and if they can't expect some kind of compensation then they're going to stop. And as the upshot, showing universities that this is a potentially profitable venture will encourage the production of more high-quality content.

    OTOH, I also have seen edX courses where the fee for the verified certificate is more than the per hour tuition rate at my own college. Let me think, no.
  11. Mar 7, 2015 #10
    Oh great! I would love to have a colleague to chat with about some of the subtelties of the course! I will send you a message with my fb profile, please add, chat soon :)
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