I’ve written about adult online education read my blog here. I just think it’s vital for search engine optimizers, IT project managers, and other professionals in internet marketing to have an understanding of basic information technology and computer science principles. Some time ago, Harvard Extension School of Harvard University launched the Open Learning Initiative. The Harvard Extension School Open Learning initiative is a parallel to MIT’s ground breaking OpenCourseWare program in that it gives learners with free access to prerecorded classroom lectures from one of the world’s leading universities. You can access Harvard Extension School’s Open Learning Initiative by clicking here.
There are two courses I believe to be particularly relevant to internet marketers are the Bits course and the Intensive Introduction to Computer Science. According to the course description, the course “focuses on information as quantity, resource, and property. We study the application of quantitative methods to understanding how information technologies inform issues of public policy, regulation, and law.” The Bits course also offers an extensive lecture series on web search, doing business on the web, and internet infrastructure. The course is arranged in an a-la-carte lecture format, so if you can just click the lecture you’re interested in and sit back and listen.
With either course, I think if you were to just watch the lectures while taking notes, you’d advanced your technical knowledge noticeably. And remember, both of these courses (plus several others) are free.