The most open university

You've all heard of the Open University? Well, now there's an online university where anyone can study because the whole thing is run by academic volunteers. The International University of the People so far has 178 students from 50 countries. You can only study two courses at the moment so it has a long way to go before it competes with the elite universties. But they are working hard to make the content really high quality and not just a new version of Wikipedia.

It's attracting academics fromĀ  interesting places, but beyond the idea that volunteers would run the courses, I think itĀ  shows just how much people are beginning to put into practice the technology that's existed for a few years now. If students at traditional universities are grumbling about the costs and lack of academic rigour then schemes like this could soon out pace them on all levels.