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Academic Calculus Credits & MOOCs

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Calculus are awesome.

But beware: if you try to tell a graduate school or your home baccelaureate institution that you completed Multivariable Calculus via a MOOC and you want credit for that work, you will probably be disappointed with their answer.

To show academic achievement, the real Official Academic Transcript from an accredited university is what you need to show a potential graduate school or baccelaureate institution that you have actually completed a university-level calculus course.

Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University can help you get onto the "academic credit train" from a spot that makes sense from your academic background. If you have completed some MOOC courses, we will examine your academic record, and try to make the best recommendation for an accurate placement into one of our courses, so then start to earn academic credits on transferrable academic transcripts, rather than just saying you went through a MOOC course.

For more information, see this page: Distance Calculus & MOOCs

You may also see this page for other for-credit programs: Credit Earning Online Calculus Programs

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Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

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Date Posted: May 21, 2020
Review by: Chester F.
Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II
Review: I did not enjoy Calculus I at my school. I retook Calculus I, and then Calculus II, over the summer via Distance Calculus and it was awesome. I started my sophomore year back on track and ready for my physics classes. I struggled with the MathLive software but I guess it was alright.
Transferred Credits to: University of North Carolina



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Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
Review by: Mark Neiberg
Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus
Review: Curriculum was high quality and allowed student to experiment with concepts which resulted in an enjoyable experience. Assignment Feedback was timely and meaningful.



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Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
Review by: Anonymous
Courses Completed: Calculus I
Review: This course is amazing! I took it as a requirement for admission to an MBA program, and couldn't have been happier with the quality and rigor of the course. I previously took calculus two times (at a public high school and then a large public university commonly cited as a "public ivy"), this course was by far the best and *finally* made the concepts click. Previously I had no idea what was going on because terrible PhD students were teaching the course and saying stuff like "a derivative is the slope of a tangent line" - ??? but what does that mean ???, but the instructors in the Shorter University course explain everything in ways where it FINALLY made sense (e.g., "imagine a roller coaster hitting the top of a hill, there's a moment where it shifts momentum and you're not accelerating or decelerating, that's what a 0 rate of change is - that's when the derivative would be zero"). They explain everything in multiple ways and relate it to other concepts. It all made perfect sense when I finally had a good instructor. Really recommend this class
Transferred Credits to: The Wharton School, UPenn