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Clark Howard: Free online courses

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Updated: 7/05/2013 8:32 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some of the top academic minds from elite universities around the world are now offering online courses for free. Consumer advisor Clark Howard says the courses don't count for credit, but could count in the future.

What if you could take a course on constitutional law from Yale? Or on 20th century imagery from the University of London on your computer all free?

They're called Mooc's or massively open online courses that are offered through the website Coursera. There are now hundreds of free courses available that can range anywhere from five to 12 weeks long.

They involve a series of lectures and then you take quizzes and complete course work as required to finish the class. You don't actually earn any credit toward a degree, but that could soon change. 

Coursera which started out with a handful of elite universities, has been expanding. Ten state university systems recently announced a partnership with Coursera that will explore the benefits of Mooc's in higher education. 

The university system of Georgia is one of those institutions.

Coursera and other things like it are going to change education so much. That's because college for so many people had become more about the degree than the actual learning. 

Now learning without out getting credit or getting to take a course that may not have been available because there were no spaces is going to change education and make it more affordable.

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