I have written previously on this blog about the need to widen access to the latest research on the ancient world through free educational courses in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology. The success of our subjects at all levels depends upon attracting interested students from a broad swathe of society. In this difficult economic climate, it is absolutely essential that the study of the past is perceived to be of value. My previous post can be read here.
A recent trend in the provision of higher education courses has been the creation of free online courses utilising the latest developments in e-learning to widen access on a massive scale. Harvard and MIT were the main pioneers in this area, mainly for computer science courses. It seems clear that this trend is here to stay and it is clear that the model could be applied to ancient world courses.