Note: our supported courses are all found at https://learn.saylor.org
A bit over 200 of our courses are "legacy" courses -- courses that are open for learning but that are not actively maintained.
▸▸▸ LEGACY COURSES NO LONGER ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION.
These courses may also have broken links and other issues; although we do try to make improvements to them when possible, they are provided as-is.
We strongly encourage our community to help maintain these courses by contributing fixes via our GitHub repositories.
We also invite anyone interested to adopt and adapt these courses -- our course frameworks are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
All legacy courses are available at legacy.saylor.org.
Why are some courses "legacy"?
With limited resources, we faced a choice of struggling to just maintain a large catalog of course or investing in fewer courses and working hard to make what we offer to students much better. In general, the choice of what should be supported and what should be retired considered the popularity of the course, the value of the course to students and professionals, the quality of the existing course, the availability of open learning materials and other resources to improve upon the course, etc.
Why can't I get a certificate of completion?
To issue a certificate, we want to know that a student passed a good exam for a quality course, and we cannot guarantee that with the legacy courses. We also do not want to give an impression that these are active courses.
How do I navigate a legacy course?
When you land on the "home page" of a legacy course, you will see the course introduction -- on our old site, this introduction was collapsed by default.
To move on to Unit 1, etc., select "next page" (or "previous page") in the blue navigation panel in the bottom-right of the screen. This navigation panel will only appear when you scroll partway down the page. It looks like this:
Notice, too, that the URL in your browser bar will now reveal where you are in the course:
What is the point of these courses? Why even make them available?
These courses are curated, structured learning experiences designed by professors and other subject matter experts. Although they require more work on the part of the student and do not offer the reward of a certificate of completion, they still have value. Also, we want people to be able to reuse and revise these courses -- teachers, professors, professionals, parents, etc. We use a Creative Commons license so that anyone can remix our courses into their own projects.
Where can I go for courses that issue certificates?
All of our supported courses are at https://learn.saylor.org
Is the course I'm interested in a legacy course or a supported course?
If it is at learn.saylor.org, it is fully-supported; if it is at legacy.saylor.org, it is not! There are a few legacy courses that have equivalent supported versions, however, including BIO101, ECON102 and ECON102, and MA101. This is noted in the introduction to the course, with a link to the supported version.
Is my course going to become a legacy course?
We have no plans to do so -- we chose a set of course to keep active that we were confident we would be able to support for the long term. We gave four months notice for the transition of the legacy courses and would strive to give similar or longer notice in the future.
How can a legacy course become an active, supported course again?
We'll be honest -- it would not be easy! If a course became particularly popular and fit well with our specific goals, we might feel that re-investment would be a good idea. If another organization or one of our partners were to sponsor development and support of a course, that would also make a big difference. Finally, if someone or some organization were to independently rebuild a course, we would certainly consider hosting it and supporting it. There are not guarantees, but plenty of possibility to go around.
What do I do about a broken link or another problem with the course?
The first, best thing to do would be to try to find a replacement: either another copy of the resource, the same resource at a different part of the site (sometimes a link breaks just because a site moves things around), or a cached copy courtesy of the WayBack Machine at the Internet Archive. Then open an issue with the course repository on GitHub or get in touch with us and we will do our best to replace the link. If there is a lot of damage, we might not be able to repair it ourselves, but part of the reason we make the courses available on the Web with an open license is so that other people can adopt and develop them.
How can I contribute to these courses?
Adopt a course; suggest improvements via GitHub issues; fork the course on GitHub and run wild with it, then tell the world what you've done; help us repair broken links; help us clean up formatting quirks (conversion artifacts that resulted from moving the courses off our main site to the legacy site). Other ideas?