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Duke University Teams With Notre Dame to Offer Online Courses

Duke University, Brandeis University and the University of Notre Dame are among a group of 10 U.S. colleges that will offer Internet-based courses next year as part of a new program called Semester Online.

Beginning in fall of 2013, undergraduate students will be able to take online courses for credit from the consortium through a so-called virtual classroom, according to a statement today.

Semester Online will give students the chance to take classes for credit at any of the universities in the group, which also include Emory University, Northwestern University and Vanderbilt University. The courses will offer the same faculty and curricula as regular classes.

U.S. colleges, including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have been teaming up to offer online courses as they search for cost-efficient ways to deliver education.

Coursera Inc., a company started last year by two Stanford University professors, has contracts with 33 schools including Stanford and Princeton University.

Semester Online will be operated by 2U Inc., an education-technology startup. Washington University in St. Louis and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, University of Rochester and Wake Forest University are also in the group.

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