Educational Technology

January 27, 2012

A Harvard education, for free?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Rosalie Murphy, USA Today

This semester, students of all ages can attend lectures at Harvard, Stanford and MIT with nothing but a WiFi connection. Some professors don’t assign reading; others give final exams. And they all teach for free. It’s part of a growing trend at universities worldwide: Posting popular, engaging lectures online for public consumption. “People go into continuing education or lifelong learning for different reasons,” said Dan Colman, who directs Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program and edits an educational website, Open Culture. “Some people are looking to acquire job skills. [But] I think there are other people who are just really curious about the world.”

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