Do you've heard about 3dbuzz?
No, 3dbuzz is a worldwide digital art-community, with already a nice history. Buzz started as a head-teacher at 3duniversity. In that period he has build a hugh community of students.
2 years ago he started 3dbuzz.com and know gives online classes about maya, 3dsmax, Xena.
He also creates dvd's, and YES some of them are FREE!!!!
The idea behind the free learning material is that his community get's even bigger.