By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’re thinking about going for an MBA, but would like to try before you buy, Temple’s Fox School of Business will allow you to take an online course for free, if you act fast.

This is a MOOC (massive open online course) with the daunting title Quantitative Methods for Business.  It has two goals, says its professor Darin Kapanjie: professional development for the business place and giving those thinking about a top-ranked MBA a taste of it.  This is not a come and go as you please class.  It begins in two days, lasts for four weeks, and has plenty of work.

“It’s very structured. You know, on day one you have to complete activity one, two and three and then, day two. It’s not for the faint of heart. This is a rigorous quantitative course from the Fox School of Business.”

And, as such, includes proctored exams and a weekly online chat session for students and teacher.

Stanford is generally credited with the first MOOC, just two years ago.  It was a course on artificial intelligence that, with a little publicity, drew over 100,000 students.

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