Penn, other universities offer free online classes


Article from Philadelphia Inquirer:

It costs well over $ 50,000 a year to attend the University of Pennsylvania, but beginning in June, anyone anywhere will be able to get a sliver of that Ivy League education for free.

Penn has joined a group of top universities, including Princeton, that will begin offering select courses online for free through Coursera, a California-based online education company founded this year by two Stanford University computer-science professors.

The goal is to make top-notch education available worldwide, including in developing countries, and to a much larger group of people.

But it also serves as a recruiting tool for schools, as their best teaching is showcased internationally.

“There are so many people around the world in need of high-quality education and really starving for education,” said Daphne Koller, one of the Coursera cofounders.

Students don’t get course credit toward a degree; it’s the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake, although the company is exploring the possibility of offering completion certificates.

Yale and some other top schools have been offering free online courses for years, and some other………..

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