UVA Increases Free Online Classes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- University of Virginia officials say their first round of worldwide free online classes were such a success that they'll increase the offerings.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1bFEpzP ) more than 150,000 took the university's five free courses this year on the Coursera online network.

U.Va. director of online learning environments Kristin Palmer says at least nine classes have been firmed up for the next year. That includes three repeated classes and six new entries. She says others are possible.

Center for Politics director Larry Sabato will teach a class on President John F. Kennedy's legacy 50 years after his assassination.

U.Va. is the only university in the state participating in Coursera. The school doesn't get any money for the classes, and those who take them do not receive college credit.

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