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During the spring, AIMS Co-Directors, Glenn Platt and Peg Faimon presented “Universities in the ‘Free’ Era” to an audience of 500 at the South by Southwest (SxSW) interactive conference in Austin, TX. This internationally renowned event has thousands of attendees each year, and draws some of the most innovative professionals and academics from the interactive field.

The SxSW website describes the presentation: “MIT, Yale, Stanford, and others put lectures online. Chris Anderson argues all university lectures should be free. From Academic Earth to TED, it’s free. So what is the value-add of a university education? What models of higher education will survive? How will universities leverage the social web to reinvent themselves?”

The presentation was posted on SlideShare, international presentation slide sharing website, and has been viewed nearly 12,000 times by a global audience. SlideShare posts the “Top Presentations” on their homepage and “Universities in the ‘Free’ Era” was featured shortly after the presentation, and remained in the top ranked presentation for several days.

Following the presentation, Platt and Faimon were also interviewed for an IBM Podcast and by NPR Austin.

To see the presentation go to: http://www.slideshare.net/glenn.platt/universities-in-the-free-era-sxsw-2010-presentation

For more information about SxSW go to www.sxsw.com.