MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courseware) offer alternative ways of learning.
Many are aware of Khan Academy and how they are "on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."
Now we also have Udacity started by a former Stanford professor who was inspired by Khan Academy and believes "university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we've connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world."
A joint venture between Stanford University, University of Michigan, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania which resulted in a multidisciplinary alternative way of learning, named Coursera.
Please have a look to see what is offered in your discipline. These are a few of the MOOCs currently available. To learn more visit the PDF document 7 Things You should Know About MOOCs.