Many post-secondary hopefuls scrimp and save to afford an education. But there is a cheap alternative, VicNews.com reports. Thousands of people worldwide are now are taking advantage of massive open online courses (MOOC). The courses are broadcast online – lectures and all – for free through elite schools that include Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. So far, the MOOC idea has been met with a lukewarm response in Greater Victoria. “Initially MOOCs started out as collaborative online discussion groups, but more recently it’s like Silicon Valley has just discovered it,” said Steve Grundy, vice-president academic at Royal Roads University. Not including MOOCs, Grundy said the internet is full of lectures and demonstrations that can be valuable to a post-secondary education.