MOOCs — Self-Accreditation?

Accreditation

I think the most important issue about MOOCs is accreditation -- what is the value of a Certificate of Completion? Universities hold the monopoly on issuing degrees. This may not be so important in the future when a student may be able to show a potential employer an online portfolio of courses and work that they have completed which maybe contain a mix of university courses, research carried out, articles published online, MOOC certificates and testimonials from previous employers. This could be on their own website that allows for public scrutiny and authentication.

As I have often said: Everyone should have their own website.