This website has been mentioned one or two times throughout the forum, never in detail, but only as a recommendation to somebody. The website is called Coursera, and it currently offers 111 courses (recently updated, and continues growing) from colleges like California Berkely, Caltech, Champaign-Urbana, Princeton, Stanford, John Hopkins, Rice, Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, etc. etc. The potential quality of these courses is exciting. Most haven't begun yet (most will start once the normal school year starts), but it seems almost as if more and more colleges are adding more and more courses every week, with the hopes of maybe getting their name out there, or, who knows, maybe some of them want to actually educate the public for free. As of now, the courses are entirely free (as just mentioned), but you get no college credit for completing a course. Now, with that said, you do get a certificate upon completion, and you can get a "Completion with Distinction" certificate if you do well in the various exercises and final test. Besides the paper showing that you did something productive on the internet, you are also raking in free knowledge from high-standing colleges. They currently cover classes in "Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others." The purpose of this thread, besides educating you about something that I am personally excited for, is this: Does online education have a chance? And if so, is Coursera that chance?