Class Central published a study on current offering on online programmes and degrees by five MOOC platform providers (Coursera, edX, Udacity, FutureLearn and Kadenze). The credentials to these programmes are smaller than formal degrees and are also called microcredentials. They conclude that some of these short programmes offer the opportunity to earn credit towards a full degree programme. However, they observe that variety is very large and that leaners and employers amongst others are getting confused. The various brand names of these microcredentials offer no help as well.
One of the aims of the E-SLP project is to bring more uniformity amongst European offering in relation to European Qualification Level and the Bologna process.