You can now earn College Credits via Youtube


Nowadays, you can discover just about anything on YouTube, including a direct route to recognized college courses that can grant you actual class credit.

YouTube, Arizona State University, and Crash Course, the well-known YouTube channel of writers and brothers Hank and John Green, have announced an astonishing expansion of their accessible education program Study Hall(Opens in a new window). According to YouTube's announcement, the partnership is "a new approach that demystifies the college process while creating an affordable and accessible onramp to earning college credit," outlining the chance for online learners to pursue transferable course credits with fewer restrictions than traditional college programs.

You can now earn College Credits via Youtube

In addition to being able to watch all Study Hall videos for free on YouTube, users can register in related courses(Opens in a new window) developed by Crash Course and academics at Arizona State University in order to receive credits and compile a transcript. Beginning on March 7, 2023, the current lineup of four "College Foundations" courses will address postsecondary fundamentals including English composition, college math, American history, and interpersonal communication. Each course costs $25 to enroll in, plus an additional $400 registration fee to acquire credits. Prior to March 7, 2023, each course will cost $350 to enroll in.

When Study Hall is fully operational, the number of credits available will equal the whole first year of study at most institutions, and the cost is "less than one-third of the typical course cost at a public four-year university," according to YouTube. Enrollment does not require a minimum GPA or even an application, and students are allowed to retake classes as many times as they need to. Any eligible student who wants to use their Study Hall experience toward a degree can apply for admission to Arizona State University through the Earned Admissions program(Opens in a new window) or transfer to any school that accepts ASU credits.

According to Katie Kurtz, head of learning at YouTube, the company wants to serve as a middleman between the general public and higher education. "By removing obstacles to high impact learning experiences, YouTube wants to enable learners to advance. Although a postsecondary education remains one of the best forces for social and economic mobility, there are still too many obstacles in the way of pursuing a higher education "She spoke up.

"We want to use our community of enthusiastic and infinitely creative learning creators to help address this pressing issue. We believed Crash Course, together with ASU's world-class professors, would be a dynamic alliance to address this challenge because of our ten years of experience creating interesting and engaging educational content."

The Green brothers, well-known for being early, influential creators on both YouTube and Tumblr, launched the Crash Course channel in 2012.

The main obstacles to getting degrees in the hands of students, according to Green and his production company, Complexly, included costs, the complexity of college admissions systems, and the difficulty of many college courses for those who didn't receive a thorough high school education. Google and Arizona State University were also consulted in the process. "We started to develop 'Study Hall' with the objective of it helping decrease these barriers,' with some funding and a lot of hard work."

Along with the new course options, Study Hall also offers educational material on comprehending and navigating the higher education landscape, including a Crash Course series on "How To College" and quick primers to popular ideas and subject areas, hosted by Green and other academics.

By January 2025, the program is expected to have 12 courses accessible. On the Study Hall website, prospective students can sign up.

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