Whether getting ready to go to the college or university, taking an Internet pathway to education, advising people about aids and resources to help, using knowledge effectively after getting started, or making network connections for the educational system for the future, there is an excellent emerging resource now available. It is AcademicInfo - Online Degrees, Online Schools and Student Resources. It is a vast, diverse resource.
From the history of online education within the site: In the 1990s Jones International University, was launched as the first accredited fully web based university. AcademicInfo, maintained by Mike Madin, launched a free accessible resource for teachers, students and researchers. In the 2000s with the millennium a distant memory, Microsoft released its new classroom curriculum management platform called, Microsoft Encarta Class Server with designs to help “integrate daily curriculum with the digital age.” It released version 4.0 in 2005.
Bad lectures placed on the Internet do not make them better ... or even ok. Reading is usually faster than listening to lectures, but it still takes time to internalize material. Whether potential learners will take the time (if they can find a quiet place) to do the memory and making connections and analogical work remains an open question. I'll bet on an optimum combination of personal education and that via the Internetfor individuals and small groups.