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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:38 pm | Updated: 3:22 pm, Tue Jan 22, 2013.

RICHMOND — David Evans usually teaches about 50 students in one of his computer science classes at the University of Virginia. In February, he offered a free course on how to build a search engine, and 94,000 people signed up.

So many students would never fit in a lecture hall in Charlottesville, nor be allowed in without paying, but that’s no concern at Udacity, the digital university where Evans, an associate professor on leave from UVa, is teaching.

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