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This article from Fast Company (link below) doesn't add a lot to our idea...though it certainly corroborates that others are thinking along the same lines as "From MOOCs to Mentorship."

One interesting takeaway was their mention of College for America (, "an online branch of Southern New Hampshire University, was the first program to receive permission from the federal government to give degrees based on "actual learning versus seat time." Students advance not by ticking off classes but by proving they’ve mastered specific skill sets, or "competencies."

"They’re not just learning math in the abstract, they’re learning how to use charts or graphs to convey information, or how to negotiate with others to resolve a conflict"... 

The FastCo article link: