Last year at Stanford, professor Sebastian Thurn decided to make one of his classes open to anyone. Not only did he put up videos of the class online, but he actually made online tests and material, and upon completing the class you got a certificate. He got about 160,000 students signed up for this class from all over the world.
He liked the turnout so much that he actually decided to leave his job at Stanford to work only on Udacity, a site which provides university level classes with real professors for free. There are only 2 classes right now (the classes begin February 20), but you can enroll in them right now if you want to.
I'm wondering how this will turn out. Will it just end up as a one time thing, or could this be the future of education?