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From the Ted Talk by Shai Reshef: An ultra-low-cost college degree

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

We didn't need to ________ the _____. We just ______ at what wasn't working and used the amazing power of the Internet to get around it. We set out to build a model that will cut down almost entirely the cost of higher education. And that's how we did it. First, bricks and mortar cost money. Universities have expenses that _______ universities don't. We don't need to pass these ________ on to our ________. They don't exist. We also don't need to worry about capacity. There are no ______ of seats in virtual university. Actually, nobody needs to stand at the back of the lecture hall. Textbooks are also something our students don't need to buy. By using open educational resources and the generosity of professors who are putting their material up free and accessible, we don't need to send our students to buy _________. All of our materials come free.

Solution

  1. looked
  2. virtual
  3. expenses
  4. limits
  5. textbooks
  6. students
  7. reinvent
  8. wheel

Original Text

We didn't need to reinvent the wheel. We just looked at what wasn't working and used the amazing power of the Internet to get around it. We set out to build a model that will cut down almost entirely the cost of higher education. And that's how we did it. First, bricks and mortar cost money. Universities have expenses that virtual universities don't. We don't need to pass these expenses on to our students. They don't exist. We also don't need to worry about capacity. There are no limits of seats in virtual university. Actually, nobody needs to stand at the back of the lecture hall. Textbooks are also something our students don't need to buy. By using open educational resources and the generosity of professors who are putting their material up free and accessible, we don't need to send our students to buy textbooks. All of our materials come free.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
higher education 14
high school 2
qualified student 2
internet connection 2

Important Words

  1. accessible
  2. amazing
  3. bricks
  4. build
  5. buy
  6. capacity
  7. cost
  8. cut
  9. education
  10. educational
  11. exist
  12. expenses
  13. free
  14. generosity
  15. hall
  16. higher
  17. internet
  18. lecture
  19. limits
  20. looked
  21. material
  22. materials
  23. model
  24. money
  25. mortar
  26. open
  27. pass
  28. power
  29. professors
  30. putting
  31. reinvent
  32. resources
  33. seats
  34. send
  35. set
  36. stand
  37. students
  38. textbooks
  39. universities
  40. university
  41. virtual
  42. wheel
  43. working
  44. worry