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Harvard Law to offer first free online course

The higher education system in the United States may be about to transform radically, but don’t expect Harvard Law School to be caught flat-footed, the Daily Caller reports. The prestigious law school is about to launch its first online course, reports National Law Journal. It will be taught as part of edX, a venture led by Harvard, MIT and a handful of other prestigious schools that offers free courses online. William Fisher III, director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will teach the 12-week copyright course. Enrollment is limited to 500 students and prospective students have until January 3 to submit applications. The course is slated to begin January 28. Fisher’s course is not a MOOC, or massive open online course, which offers large-scale instruction but otherwise leaves hundreds or thousands of students essentially on their own. Instead, the course will be as much like a real (free) Harvard class as the internet will allow circa 2013. There will be pre-recorded lectures by Fisher. Also, students will be grouped into discussion sections of no more than 25…

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