Not sure if you ever heard of a MOOC ( Massively Open Online Course). Yes, it’s a play on MMORPG (Massively Online Role-Playing Game).
There’s two that will be starting in early January. They are free courses not offered for any credit, but they do ask you to participate, blog or tweet yout thoughts and what you are learning.
and Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is also suppose to be starting up in January.
To learn more about MOOC(s) just post some questions here. I’m planning on doing the learning and knowledge analytics – it’s only 6 weeks long.