Here's a great example of the learning capabilities offered by the web. The FSI Language Courses is a site that offers language courses, originally developed for the United States government and are "...now in the public domain." Each lesson contains a downloadable mp3 audio file as well as a .pdf lesson. They currently offer courses in:
I am an instructional designer who has been plying this trade since 1991. I began by creating traditional classroom training materials for corporations, and since 2000 I have been involved with designing elearning programs. Comments posted here are purely my own and do not reflect those of past, present, or future employers.