Online Learning Update

March 15, 2014

Getting in the MOOC

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune

Free entertainment online is nothing new, but what if you could access a form of entertainment and enrichment over the Internet that others pay thousands of dollars for and that keeps you occupied for weeks at a time? That’s one of the allures of MOOCs — massive open online classes. They’re college classes taught online, some by the world’s leading experts in their fields at famous universities. And they’re free, making them a fabulous form of entertainment and personal improvement for adults who don’t need the academic credit. Imagine taking an eight-week course on financial markets by last year’s Nobel Prize winner in economics, Robert Shiller at Yale University. Or a marketing course from professors at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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