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VOA常速英语新闻:网络大学提供免费公开课(双语)

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斯坦福大学的这节工程课也是一项在线课程,该校提供30到40种免费在线课程,已招收了150多万学生。课程提供常规的学习安排、课后作业和测试,但并不向在线学生提供获得学位的学分。斯坦福在线课程副教务长约翰·米切尔说该校将课程作为公共服务来提供。
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This engineering class at Stanford University is also being recorded as an online course. The university is offering 30 to 40 free courses online, and more than 1.5 million students have enrolled. There are regular schedules, homework and tests but those enrolled do not earn credit toward a university degree. John Mitchell, the Vice Provost for Online Learning at Stanford, says the university offers these course as a public service.
斯坦福大学的这节工程课也是一项在线课程,该校提供30到40种免费在线课程,已招收了150多万学生。课程提供常规的学习安排、课后作业和测试,但并不向在线学生提供获得学位的学分。斯坦福在线课程副教务长约翰·米切尔说该校将课程作为公共服务来提供。

“We’re teachers. This is what we love to do. If we can see people around the world learning from us, that’s rewarding. That’s what gets us up in the morning,” Mitchell said.
“作为教师,这是我们乐意做的,看到世界各地的人们都向我们求教,这是很值得的,这也是让我们早上起床的动力。”

These free courses are also meant to entice students to apply to Stanford or enroll in other online classes that are not free. While online education is expanding the reach of major universities, Mitchell says they will not replace the on-campus experience.
提供了这些免费课程,就意味着会有更多学生申请斯坦福大学,或申请其他收费的在线课程。尽管各大院校都在扩展在线教育,米切尔说这无法取代校园体验。

But David Stavens, who taught at Stanford and recently co-founded a free online university called Udacity, says a quality education is becoming too expensive for most people.
在斯坦福任教的戴维·斯塔文最近合作创立了名为Udacity的在线网络大学,他说对很多人来说,高质量的教育日益昂贵。

“It’s a good system for a lot of people but there is another set of people who are equally smart, equally determined, equally hard working but who don’t quite fit into the mold, and it’s an unfair system for them,” Stavens said.
“校园对很多人来说是很好的体验,但还有另外一批人,他们同样很聪明、很有决心,也一样勤奋,但他们无法进入校园,这对他们来说是不公平的。”

While Udacity is a for-profit company, the vast majority of its courses are free and they are developed specifically for online students. They include short videos, followed by exercises designed to engage the student and reinforce the lesson.
尽管Udacity是家盈利性公司,但其提供的大多数课程都是免费的,是专门为在线学生设计的。其中包括小视频和练习题,从而使学生参与进来并强化课程。

 词汇解释

1.enroll vt. 登记;使加入;把...记入名册;使入伍

The school will enroll new students in August.
这所学校将于八月份招收新生。

2.reinforce vt. 加强,加固;强化;补充

This old bridge should be reinforced immediately.
这座古老的桥梁应当立即进行加固。
 

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