Some pretty amazing developments of late (reported here by the excellent Audrey Watters) in Higher Education course provision. Massive open online courses (or MooC) have been around for at least a couple of years, I don't think they've had the kind of cache that is now apparent - a Stanford Professor has left Standford to pursue online learning and... AND! and Stanford are apparently supportive of the move. Okay, so an especially entrepreneurial individual academic prefers to innovate solo - it's great, but perhaps not all that world-changing - however: a top-ranking world-class University is backing the project: THAT is significant!
Anyway, I've signed up for two of the courses, so I'll report on my progress and how I like (or not) the course experience. Why not have a look and see if there's something for you and let me know how it's going for you? The courses are available through Professor Sebastian Thrun's new online learning company, Coursera: take a free online course.