Arizona

Nov 27, 2012 12:35 PM by Associated Press

ASU to offer free online non-credit classes

PHOENIX - Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College will begin offering free online classes that are open to anyone with an internet connection.

ASU plans to launch their first free course in August, teaching students to navigate important life decisions such as going back to school, retiring or marrying. Scottsdale Community College will offer a basic math class beginning in February.

More than two dozen other universities around the country offer such courses.

Some educators view the trend as a potential game changer in higher education, especially if universities decide to offer credit for the courses.

Others see the concept as a complement, rather than a fundamental change to conventional education.

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