Speaking with @Barb_White from Akron, she noticed some issues when trying to audit an online course for her team’s learning circles. We’ve shared some auditing practices previously, but lately, there seem to be even more barriers around accessing or auditing online course content.
Here’s the three courses she noted and what I found out about how to audit each course:
- How Music Can Change Your Life (Coursera) starts Feb 22 and can only audit the first week for now. Come Feb 22nd, it may be available to be fully audited, but that’s not certain.
- Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America (Edx) appears to only to offer one-month audit access. It’s pretty annoying, but the way around this is for learners to create a new account every month, and then that account will have a new one-month to audit the course. It also says the course is only available till March 31 at which point it will be archived. I’m not sure if it can be audited fully after that or if it will remain a one-month only.
- The Rise of Superheroes (EdX), similar to the Smithsonian, offers a longer audit access period of one and a half months, and also plans for it to be archived March 31st, 2020.
Questions to everyone here:
- Do you have any suggestions for Barb’s team about accessing this content during their learning circle? Download the content? Printing? Putting it on a flash drive? Noting the syllabus?
- Do you have any recommendations for finding other course content that might meet similar objectives?