A few months ago, I posted about Google running a search class, but I was too busy to actually do the search class when they ran it. They think that it was successful enough that they are running it again 2012 Sep 24–Oct 10: Power Searching with Google – Inside Search. I probably won’t have time this time around either, but I’ll sign up again, just on the off chance that I do have some spare time.
They’re also impressed enough with the platform they built for the course that they are offering it for others to use as an open-source tool called Course Builder. Of course, they are not offering the computer resources needed to run Course builder, which is not intended to be run on your laptop—you need a data center (at least a web server) to run a MOOC.
They will probably sell you cloud computing capability to run Course Builder at some future date (if they can convince enough colleges and other MOOC wannabes to use it), but for now this is a subtle advertising venue for them: “It also contains instructions for using other Google products”.