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SJ Mercury: Tuition-free computer school is set for launch

Apr 15, 2000, 16:46 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Philip Greenspun and his colleagues at the ArsDigita Foundation (www.arsdigita.org) are launching a tuition-free, university-level program in computer science. You read that right -- there's no tuition cost for students."

"Thirty highly motivated and talented students will get their chance this fall, when the "ArsDigita University" opens in Cambridge, Mass. Several faculty members from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have already signed up as part-time instructors."

"For Greenspun, who also teaches part-time at MIT, the new school is an extension of his long, passionate advocacy of an open-source philosophy in computing -- referring to the genre in which software programming instructions, also called source code, are openly available to anyone who wants to use or modify the program."

"Greenspun's open-source advocacy extends to the program. Class assignments and lecture notes will be posted on the Web, and the school plans to videotape lectures and then put them online as streaming media, viewable from a browser. Distance learners will be able to participate right away, but that part of the program won't be fully up to speed for another year. ArsDigita will also make the software that runs the program available free to other schools."

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