State Department Hosts 'MOOC Camp' for Online Learners

International students can experience blended learning for free.

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The American English class was the most popular among locals, Johnston says. The program was limited to 30 participants, but officials had to turn away two or three times that number.

"When you get the word out that these are serious courses everyone gets excited," Johnston says. "Studying in the U.S. is still a distant dream for many West Africans. For us to bring it to them - even virtually - is a hugely well-received thing."

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