Mon, May 14 2012 at 7:46 AM
It was a Stanford professor who conceived and began offering the same course online that he taught at Stanford and within a few months had 160,000 students from around the world for his computer science course. Eventually, other universities like MIT began doing the same. It is the same course material one can progress in at their own pace and upon completion, at least Stanford offers confirmation the individual has completed the course successfully. He eventually quit his tenured post and Stanford and is devoting his time to offering courses online for free. He and other professors are networking with employers to recommend students for jobs. He discovered the majority of his Stanford students were no longer attending class but taking his material online and just showing up for exams. In this rapidly changing world it is an excellent way for one to keep up with changes one needs for the workforce. It's not the degree but what you know and can do with employers. If one googles "free online (courses)" + the University name, one can get the link to find the courses offered.