Free online courses taught by the best professors in the world? Seems unbelievable but that's what Sebastian Thrun, a Google Fellow who helped make self-driving cars a reality, is creating. Udacity is currently offering free courses on subjects like Beginning Physics, Software Testing and Applied Cryptography (currently geared towards technology-based subjects) but they have their sights set on all subjects.
Instead of watching boring lectures his vision is to have you take constant mini-quizzes to reinforce the material as you're watching the presentation. There's a lot of humor mixed in too. The emphasis is more on visual aids and the teacher writing points on a screen displayed on the computer rather than just fixating on the lecturer. After passing the quizzes and projects you can pay about $100 to get a certificate or you can just take the knowledge at no charge. They also currently offer to distribute your resume for free to 20 companies after you pass a class. This idea could really disrupt the distance learning industry.