I just came across Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that has partnered with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Yes, courses from the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, etc… for FREE.
At this point I shouldn’t add anything else but I bet you have some questions such as:
What’s the catch?
There’s no catch. The Universities that came together to create coursera have spent more than 50 milllion U$D to get this going.
Do I get credits?
No; and neither you become alumni of thes University. You still get a certificate upon completion of the course (note that some have attendance requirements and you are tested throughout or at the end of the course).
What courses does Coursera have?
Even though this is pretty new, there’s an interesting menu of courses in a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others; so I’m pretty sure you’ll find something that suits your palate.