Thousands Enroll In U.Va.'s Free Online Courses

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The University of Virginia's new non-credit online courses have drawn thousands of students but professors wonder how many will complete the offerings.

As of last week, The Daily Progress says enrollments for the six classes range from less than 10,000 to more than 35,000 students.

In the next semester, the university will offer the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, through online platform Coursera's Internet-based learning system.

The school's large enrollment is likely due to a general appetite for such courses, particularly those offered by a respected university, said James L. Hilton, UVa's vice president and chief information officer.

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