Thanks so much for the feedback! It is an interesting question. I’d love to hear from a few more people about it.
Meanwhile another independent scholars’ organization, the Ronin Institute, is approaching things from another angle: they are moving toward offering some online courses. This is still in the planning stages, but it is an intriguing possibility for independent scholars.
I’ll post more information as it becomes available.
In any case, it looks as though these two groups have different, perhaps complementary, approaches and agendas.