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WUNC's education coverage is led by reporters Dave Dewitt and Reema Khrais. Dewitt has been with the station since 2003. Khrais is focused on Education Policy Reporting. Browse recent stories here.

Duke to Offer Free Online Classes

Duke University will begin offering free online classes to the public this September.

Asma Khalid: Duke faculty have signed up to teach eight internet classes. They range from neuroscience to astronomy.  So why fork out more than $40,000 a year for tuition if you can access these high-quality Duke professors for free?  Lynne O'Brien is organizing the partnership at Duke. And she says these online classes won't replace the on-campus experience.

Lynne O'Brien: Duke students will still be interacting one-on-one with faculty members, they'll still be participating in team projects, working alongside faculty in their research labs, so the Duke experience on campus is still a different experience.

The university is partnering with a California-based education company called Coursera to bring these classes online.  About a dozen other universities are already using the Coursera classroom model, such as Stanford and Princeton.

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