Free online classes put Minnesota colleges to a new test

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By Jenna Ross, Star Tribune

“Take a computer science course from Harvard, study circuits with a pair of MIT professors or master machine learning in a Stanford University class, all from a laptop in Minneapolis. Tuition? Free.

These so-called MOOCs, or “massive open online courses,” are being offered by an ever-growing number of the country’s most elite universities. As they proliferate, they are forcing traditional colleges to confront tricky questions about their own cost and credits.”

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