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Online learning startup hopes partnership will improve the quality of the education as well as increasing access and graduation rates.
Coursera lands $16 million round from venture capitalists and partners with five universities to build out its platform for delivering university classes online.
Starting July 8, new features will be available on iTunes U, a free educational application, including student discussions and course creation.
The company is said to be unveiling a service Monday night that connects people to experts via Google+ Hangouts.
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have grown in popularity over the last several years, and Google wants a slice of the action.
MOOCs are becoming increasing popular as a way for people to access lessons from Ivy League universities. But access doesn't always translate into student success.
Through edX, the two storied institutions will offer courses online for free and develop an open-source software platform tailored for online learning.
Justine Bateman, best known as Mallory Keaton on "Family Ties," shares her inspiring odyssey with putting acting on hold to go back to school to study coding, computer science, and quantum mechanics.
At Y Combinator, Balaji Srinivasan, a Stanford lecturer and co-founder of genetics startup Counsyl, lays out his proposal for creating opt-in societies where government can't meddle.
The cost of higher education has seen rapid growth lately, but there are alternatives. Many sites offer excellent coursework for free.