One of the interesting trends in education is the growth of free online university courses such as MIT’s OpenCourseware offered through grouping courses into massive open online courses (MOOCS). University of Toronto and McGill University in Montreal are joining edX, a not for profit founded by MIT and Harvard.
It is also being used as a research tool to see how adults learn and to modify classroom instruction. As edX grows to the anticipated millions of students it will provide an incredible opportunity for cognitive-science research into how adults learn. edX courses will be used as a platform for students to take refresher courses throughout their university careers. This will allow researchers to study how information is retained. This would give us a great insight into how memory works.
What an exciting time to get into the field of adult education.