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Encore: Rethinking Higher Education

By Kara Miller

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Professor Walter Lewin's lecture, "The Birth and Death of Stars," is available to the public via MIT World. Online lectures are a relatively new way of granting individuals not affiliated with a university the chance to learn from them.

Last week, MIT announced it would begin offering graded, online courses  — for free. It's been heralded as a big step toward a new model of higher education, or, at least, an advanced option to offer alongside a conventional four-year degree.

As students grapple with the high costs of college, and universities work to cope with increasing demand, how can online learning play a bigger role in the landscape of higher education?

In this encore edition of Innovation Hub, we speak with Walter Lewin, the MIT professor who was on of the first there to break ground by making his lectures accessible via television and the Web, bringing his teaching to millions of people; the founder of an education hub that's entirely online; and the president of a Massachusetts college that has consistently pushed the envelope in finding new ways to teach — and fund — its students.

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Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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