As cash-strapped college students struggle to finance their tuition, many are wondering if they might find a better alternative in Ivy League courses that have recently become available online, anytime, and completely free.
Thanks to educational video-sharing sites such as Academic Earth, YouTube EDU and Scitable, anyone can watch university lectures for the cost of an internet connection. But how do these classes stack up to the real thing?
"Pretty well," says Erik Lykken, a molecular biology major at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., who supplements his in-class learning with Scitable's online multi-media natural science library. "Classroom-type learning is almost totally replicable online and in some ways it's much easier and [up-to-date]. It's certainly valuable to be able to interact with professors in a research context, but I think you can get the vast majority of knowledge from free resources."
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