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Online modules – The new replacement to college degrees

Rise of online modules and online classes

Being a student, one enters a different world of learning. As online education is catching up, organisations have shifted to online modules. 

Online courses are diverse and easy-to-take. They are a new alternative for a regular college degree. Why? Due to the following reasons because:

  • There are a variety of options
  • They are affordable
  • Students can study at their own pace

The method of teaching of online modules includes:

  • Pre-recorded study sessions
  • Online quizzes
  • Links to articles

Assessment structure

However, how are exams conducted online? What if students cheat? How to ensure an all-rounding education over the internet? To answer all of these, let us look at the assessment structure of online modules. Online modules make use of:

  • Time limits 
  • Activity sensors 
  • Position movement sensors

These unique features help to conduct tests and exams. The form of tests and exams used is:

  • Online tests
  • Case study analyses
  • Critical appraisals
  • Research-based assignments

Payment structure

The payment structure used by online modules is called a –Pay-as-you-go model. Under this, one can pay once the expense arises. 

For instance, if one wishes to learn Maths from online modules, then start a course in ‘Statistics’ in January. Pay for the course in January, attend it, and get certified. Next, start a course in ‘Algebra’ in February. Pay for it, attend it, and get certified. This way, one only pays for the specific courses as they attend. It is contrary to college, where students pay in advance at the start of the year. 

Credit structure

Different online modules have different ways of giving credit. Most Universities today offer MOOCs. MOOCs stands for – Massive Open Online Courses. Under this, students can take several courses and collect a specific requirement of credits. At the end of the collection, these credits transform into one semester of the degree. They can also convert the online coursework into university credit. For that, a student has to enrol in a program at a university.

A few top examples of MOOCs are in the next section.


  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Business Strategy
    • Cloud-computing concepts, part 1
    • Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Advanced Operating Systems
    • Big Data Analytics in Healthcare
    • Introduction to Computer Vision
  • Boston University
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Product Management
  • Digital Transformation Strategy


Manavi Pandey