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Coursera Plans to Announce University Partners for Online Classes - NYTimes.com -
2012-04-18 18:53:58 GMT
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The free course touched off an intense debate behind the scenes at Stanford, where annual tuition is $40,050. Ultimately, the 22,000 students who finished the course received “certificates of completion” rather than Stanford credit. And Dr. Thrun, who also directs Google’s X research lab, left his tenured position at Stanford and founded a private online school, Udacity.
“Yes. Even with free courses. From a community of millions of learners some should ‘opt in’ for valuable, premium services. Those revenues should fund investment in tools, technology and royalties to faculty and universities.”
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