An increasing push for online courses with no student tuition has helped address the education access problem.
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Max Whittaker for The New York Times Sebastian Thrun, left, a Stanford professor, and Andy Brown, a course manager, recording in their studio in Palo Alto, Calif. But this course, Building a Search Engine, is taught by two prominent computer scientists, Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford research professor and Google fellow, and David Evans, a professor on leave from the University of Virginia. The big names have been a big draw. Since Udacity, the for-profit startup running the course, opened registration on Jan. 23, more than 90,000 students have enrolled in the search-engine course and another taught by Mr.
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I don't know much about MIT's plans, but they are not alone in these efforts. I created a place for this kind of material when I saw this article, and I haven't had a chance to develop this the pearl yet. There ought to be an interactive student body as part of the education process, but how that will be accomplished with these web-centric innovations is uncertain. It's possible online, but there is also the possibility of people connecting within their local communities to form a student body based around web-centric educational tools. by Dec 29
In many ways, the arc of Professor Duneier’s evolution, from professor in a lecture hall to online instructor of tens of thousands, reflects a larger movement, one with the potential to transform higher education.
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50 Best Sources of Free STEM Education Online
Colleges, online universities, and other educational forums in your community can be excellent places to learn more about a variety of STEM topics, but there is also a wealth of educational material available on the web for those who prefer to learn at their own pace or take a more individual approach. Even better, these resources, whether classes, lectures, or tutorials, are all free of charge, meaning you can improve your knowledge without emptying your wallet. Check out our list (organized by topic, not ranking) for some great STEM resources that can help you build your knowledge about everything from calculus to fire science.
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