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Antioch to offer free online classes taught by Ivy League professors

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Antioch reportedly is the first institution in the country to sign an agreement to offer select massive open online courses for credit through Coursera.

Students soon will be able to take online courses taught by Ivy League professors and—through a unique new partnership forged by Antioch University—earn college credit for their work at a fraction of the normal cost.

Antioch reportedly is the first institution in the country to sign an agreement to offer select massive open online courses for credit through Coursera, a new company that has allowed more than a million people around the world to participate in classes for free. Antioch Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is expected to begin participating this spring.

“It’s extremely exciting for students,” said Antioch Chancellor Felice Nudelman.

The new partnership will cut the cost of college for students, Nudelman said. It will allow both adults completing their bachelor’s degree and students who are in high school to earn college credit at Antioch for a lower cost—less than $100 for three credit hours in one model, Nudelman said.

Regular tuition for Antioch Midwest’s bachelor’s degree competition program is $527 per semester credit hour, according to the university’s website.

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Students will be able to take the online classes and complete a written narrative for Antioch to earn credit. For an additional cost, students will be able to receive instruction and guidance from an Antioch instructor while taking the online class.

Normally, people who complete classes through Coursera do not earn academic credit, but they can receive a letter stating they completed the class. For instance, Ohio State University recently developed an introduction to pharmacy and a class classed Generation Rx, but the university does not grant credit for those courses, according to OSU’s website.

Antioch launched its for-credit partnerships this month at its Los Angeles campus with two courses developed by the University of Pennsylvania: Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, and Greek and Roman Mythology, according to the university.

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