Harvard offers them. Stanford and Duke offer them, and so do more than two dozen other universities around the country.
Soon, Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College will join a growing number of institutions offering "massive open online courses," or MOOCs -- free online classes that are open to anyone with an Internet connection.
The trend could transform higher education as universities and colleges compete for new ways to expose potential students of any age to what they have to offer.
ASU plans to launch a course as early as August that is still untitled but will help people navigate important life decisions such as going back to school, retiring or marrying, said Phil Regier, executive vice provost and dean of ASU Online. The course will be free and is not currently available online through the university.