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Do free on-line curses equal university?

April 19, 2012
The Oval, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif...

The Oval, Stanford University, Stanford, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On-line education is a great step forward, but no match for a full university experience. The greatest challenges come not from availability of material, but pacing it, making sure enough lateral thinking happens around it and making it interesting to specific set of individuals.

There’s a great opportunity in figuring out the soft parts of on-line learning. Maybe ther is a space for a whole new type of ‘university’ where professors mainly deal with ‘translating’ the materials from top on-line courses into local environment and act mostly as advisors to students who still learn on-premises and not from home.

With the amount of start-ups trying to tackle the problem, something is bound to be learned!

Drop In! Top Schools from Berkeley to Yale Now Offer Free Online Courses

On average, it will cost $55,600 to attend Princeton, Penn, Michigan or Stanford next year. But now you can enroll in online courses at all four universities online for free. The universities won’t just be posting lectures online like MIT’s OpenCourseWare project, Yale’s Open Yale Courses and the University of California at Berkeley’s Webcast.

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