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  1. And how about courses that didn’t offer Verified Certificates? Now we don’t even get an option to buy one or not. Again, very unfair.

  2. Dear Edx,

    I am deeply saddened by your decision to remove Honor Code Certificates. I do not see how they possibly harm education in any way. I have completed 4 courses so far: for 2 of them, I paid to receive a verified certificate; the other 2 I took for free. I know that the prices to verify certificates aren’t expensive and one receives quality content from them, but it can still be a very big burden for full-time students or other people who cannot afford the courses. I payed for the 2 courses I mentioned because those were related to my area of work/study and I thought having a certificate would be an addition to my CV. The other 2 courses are part of Berkeley’s “Book Club” and I was taking them for fun but also as a way to continuously challenge myself to practice English (not my mother tongue) and to read important literary works. The honor code certificates were very important for me as they kept me motivated and made me feel rewarded when I finished the courses. I was very disappointed when I realized I would get no certificate after completing the last book (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn).
    Your mission, as I understand it, is “lifelong learning”. In my opinion, lifelong learning doesn’t mean studying just because it will be useful later on to get a job or to improve one’s CV. Lifelong learning means loving to learn, explore and discover about the myriad different topics and subjects out there because one finds pleasure and excitement in the learning itself, not because it is instrumental to one’s ambitions.
    Having said all this, and reminding you that Honor Code Certificates are a personal token so that one can recognize his own effort and encourage him to continue, I humbly request you to please restore Honor Code Certificates.

    Sincerely,
    Rodrigo

  3. paulhundal Says: May 17, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Well today I have just achieved my 100th Certificate from edX. I have greatly enjoyed the courses and am thrilled that this opportunity continues to be available for lifelong learning from some of the best professors in the world. Thank you edX. I am disappointed that Honor Code Certificates are no longer available for the new courses coming out. However I am very grateful that the courses continue to be offered for free. Does anyone how many people have achieved the level of 100 edX Certificates.

  4. […] MOOCs are everywhere around us, especially these days as Coursera decided to stop the free certificates as Udacity did it before in May 2014. edX did the same last December 2015. […]

  5. I agree that the most important is to keep the high-quality educational content but, edX team, do you have any idea how important is a simple honor code certificate to many of us? I completed couple of courses successfully and I can say that it made a lot of difference in my career. However, it was just possible because I could take excellent courses without any financial barrier to prove that I made it. Since 2013, I am a very enthusiastic student of your courses and I always motivated my family and friends to do so. However, your decision to take off the honor code certificates really disappointed me. The math is very simple, if two people complete successfully the same course but only one of them can afford a verified certificate, to you think that both will have the same chances, for instance, when competing in the market? Anyway, it was a great experience participating in your courses and I really wish you succeeding in your mission. I just feel sad because I will have to find other options that suits my conditions.

  6. irisromina Says: April 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    This makes me SO SAD… In the last year, I have taken 5 courses in EdX, for 3 of them I paid for the verified certificate, in the other 2 I have the Honor Code Certificate…

    It makes me really sad that the Honor Code Certificates are not available anymore, because I want to learn a lot of things, but my situation doesn’t allow me to pay for all the courses… I know that I still can take them for free, without the Honor Code Certificate, but this Certificate means a LOT to me, it motivates me to learn and pass the course with a good grade and understanding…

    This Certificate doesn’t have a meaning in the real world, because it’s not verified, it’s not prove that it’s YOUR certificate, so it doesn’t make a difference in jobs or others, it’s only for personal achievement and growth, so I don’t understand WHY you are not offering this anymore? :C :C :C

    This is VERY sad :C

  7. […] time I won’t have a choice as a recent EdX news article from Dec 2015 say’s they are phasing out ‘honour code certificates’ – i.e. the free […]

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