Vanderbilt to begin offering free online courses

Vanderbilt, Ole Miss meet Sept. 6 on Titans' field (Image 1)
Vanderbilt, Ole Miss meet Sept. 6 on Titans' field (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Vanderbilt University says it will offer a selection of free online classes beginning in the spring.

The Tennessean reports the school will offer five courses that are taught by faculty members, but they can't be used for college credits.

The program is part of the digital learning consortium Coursera, an online platform developed last year at Stanford University for open-access classes. The courses that will be offered are known as massively open online courses or MOOCs and include one on online games.

Some other universities around the state say they are reviewing the concept of MOOCs, but don't have an immediate plans to offer them.

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