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Free Online Courses - Higher Ed of the Future?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University recently announced they're teaming up to offer free online courses. A handful of other prestigious universities and star professors are doing the same through sites like Coursera and Udacity. We find out what's in it for the universities, professors -- and students and consider what the trend means for the future of higher education.

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