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  •  Where is the scam? The websites provide (1+ / 0-)
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    a platform for universities to host their course content. Most of the courses are provided free of charge to the public. Joe or Jane Public can take as many or as few courses as their schedule allows. If that person wants to be given credit towards a Degree or Diploma they can pay a fee.

    'Scam' implies some form of deception resulting in some monetary loss to the consumer. If the service is free, what is the scam? Remember, if a fee is paid for an accredited course, and that credit is not honoured at another university, the business model will soon fall over and the reputation of the offending school will be damaged. I'd say that is a very strong incentive to make good on the credited courses and provide a product worthy of recognition.

    So, please explain to me and everyone reading this thread what the scam is and how it works.

    'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

    by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:38:08 PM PDT

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