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YouTube unveils new program that allows students to earn college credit • TechCrunch


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

Starting today, students can enroll in four courses that begin March 7, 2023 and are eligible for transfer credit. The program does not require applications or a minimum GPA for enrollment. It includes common first-year college courses, including introduction 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 give students a chance to receive credit for an entire first year of college. There is a $25 fee if a student chooses to enroll and start classes, and a $400 fee to receive college credit for each course. Those who register before March 7 will receive a $50 discount. Classes can be taken as often as needed until the student is satisfied with their grade. The credit can then be used at institutions that accept Arizona State University credits.

College Foundations is an extension of an existing Study Hall partnership between Arizona State University, YouTube and Crash Course, which is an education channel with over 14 million subscribers and was founded by John and Hank Green.

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“Developed and taught by the same faculty that conducts research and teaches students on ASU campuses, the lessons combine ASU’s academic excellence with the compelling storytelling of Crash Courses – all on the platform reach of YouTube,” the company said in a blog post.

To get started, students can check out the courses for free, then enroll in a course of their choice, after which they can start earning credits. Once you’re in a course, you can contact a success coach via email for help with assignments. You can complete your courses when it suits you, but you will have weekly due dates for most courses. If you want to access additional support, some instructors have optional office hours.

YouTube has hosted educational content for a while now, and the ability to earn college credit takes this focus on content even further by giving users a direct path to formal education.

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


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