Observer, a pant wettingly exciting offer from top universities in the world! Do you fancy studying a course at Stamford, Dukes or maybe Edinburgh? Well, just investigate Udacity and Coursera, sign up for one of their courses and get learning at degree level. It won't cost you a bean, unlike those preposterously priced programmes which are now the norm at UK universities!
Currently it seems that the emphasis is on pure and applied science courses so they're likely to appeal to those who hanker to don a lab coat and safety goggles. However there are a few offerings for those with a more arty farty or philosophical bent. And this is an evolving idea for promoting learning for all. Who knows how it might grow and grow and give traditional and increasingly expensive traditional ways of learning a run for their money in the near future!