A doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reads outside a building at the Cambridge, Mass., campus in April 2007. MIT is announcing a pilot graduate program and students will take the first part entirely through massive open online courses. Under the plan, students will pay a fee to get course credit, basically taking classes for a fraction of an MIT tuition. ASSOCIATED PRESS
A doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reads outside a building at the Cambridge, Mass., campus in April 2007. MIT is announcing a pilot graduate program and students will take the first part entirely through massive open online courses. Under the plan, students will pay a fee to get course credit, basically taking classes for a fraction of an MIT tuition. ASSOCIATED PRESS Michael Dwyer AP
A doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reads outside a building at the Cambridge, Mass., campus in April 2007. MIT is announcing a pilot graduate program and students will take the first part entirely through massive open online courses. Under the plan, students will pay a fee to get course credit, basically taking classes for a fraction of an MIT tuition. ASSOCIATED PRESS Michael Dwyer AP

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