Susan here. I've been a lurker for many years, and only recently was allowed to join. (There was a problem with my email addy, I think.). I've also been a life-long student, have three masters degrees (liberal studies, history, business), one bachelors (chemistry), and two certificates--but I swear I'm not a collector. (Those are not listed in any particular order.). I've been following alternate ways of earning degrees since the days of John Bear and his books in the 1990s, but I admit that all the degrees were earned the old-fashioned way, sitting in a classroom, listening to lectures, writing papers, hanging out in repositories, etc. Only the certificates were earned virtually. My next goal, for self-satisfaction only, is a PhD in History from a low-cost virtual program. Normally this would take about 8 years at an American university, 3-4 years at a British or European university, but I'm hoping that with relevant degree qualifications under my belt, I might be able to cut this down a bit, especially since academic tenure is not a goal. So I've been lurking here for ideas on how to do this and where to look. Thanks for letting me in.