Free online education holds value for this business owner

01/16/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

After Paul Downs' company was contacted by online-education startup Coursera, he decided to take a course on operations management. The course had an academic rather than real-world focus, but it covered a variety of situations, Downs notes. "It's amazing that I was able to take a college level course -- and then put that material to work -- for zero dollars," he writes.

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