I do interviews at work. If someone took an online not for credit course, I'd see that as a good thing. Learning and initiative. That happens regardless of whether your peer review grades are accurate. Until Coursera, EdX and Udacity offer actual proctored exams, it is not a for credit course. (Udacity is already starting down this road.) And whether you got a 70% or 100% is a self cited figure that is irrelevant to me on a resume. And when they do offer proctored exams, peer review becomes even more emphasis on learning than a grade.
I don't understand what difference peer review makes on your CV. Even for an entry level position, you get a certificate you can show at interviews/reference on the CV. Suppose your peer reviewers all fail you with a 50%. You can still get a 70% and pass the overall class.
Peer grading is only partially broken. In some cases, it provides good feedback. But not in the majority of cases. (I'd like to add this was the case in my undergraduate and graduate studies as well. I went to undergrad at a physical school and grad in an online program (Regis University.) However, peer review/grading wasn't a significant part of the grade,
What I disagree on is that fixing peer grading is relevant to whether coursera grades will ever count for something. Even if peer review was perfect, I have no way to know who did the work. Which goes back to some sort of proctored system. At that point peer review becomes a feedback/learning operation and not an integral part of the grade.
Bert Bates wrote:The hiring managers I talked to said that they favor github over degrees.
chris webster wrote:@Matt: Which courses do you teach with the OU? Maybe I should sign up!
Matthew Brown wrote:I've also been a student with them - about 10 years ago I completed a post-graduate diploma in computing, and I've taken a couple of foreign language courses for "fun" since then.
chris webster wrote:I did a few of the PG CCI diploma modules back in the late 1990s (OO with Smalltalk, Java programming, relational databases)