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New MIT eCourse

  1. Feb 14, 2012 #1
    Anyone intend to start using the new MIT course?:

    BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17012968

    "An electronics course, beginning in March, will be the first prototype of an online project, known as MITx.

    The interactive course is designed to be fully automated, with successful students receiving a certificate."

    From the website: https://6002x.mitx.mit.edu/

    "MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses for free to a virtual community of learners around the world. It will also enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences.

    The first MITx course, 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics), will be launched in an experimental prototype form. Watch this space for further upcoming courses, which will become available in Fall 2012."

    It looks really interesting, and apparently they intend to expand it to Bio, Chem and Physics.
    I noticed someone posted a link to the site in Academic Guidance.
    I think MIT deserves a lot of credit for providing free, on-line educational material; assuming of course I'm not overlooking something. I might be cynical, but I don't know why they would provide something for free.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 16, 2012
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  3. Feb 14, 2012 #2
    Re: MIT eCourse

    wow! I didn't realize it is going to be for free! That's cool!
  4. Feb 14, 2012 #3
    Re: MIT eCourse

    I'm really interested in this, but I'm about to start back at uni for the new semester and I have a very full load. I fear this might jeopardise my marks. Hopefully they keep the coursework up and I might try and hit it over the mid-year break.

    For interested people, there was an online AI course courtesy of Stanford University last year, and the guy who (co-)taught it has now left Stanford and set up a website (Udacity) to continue teaching online He has two courses up so far (Making A Search Engine, and Programming A Robotic Car) with more to come. They are all on the Computer Science tip:

  5. Feb 16, 2012 #4
    Re: MIT eCourse

    It states its available March 2012 to June 2012. This is not such good timing for me, I assumed it would have been similar to the Opencourseware lectures you get.
  6. Feb 16, 2012 #5
    Re: MIT eCourse

    OCW is more for self teaching. They make the resources available, and anyone can use them at any time. For this course, they are offering a certificate that indicates you completed it. That's why it's a "limited time offer".
  7. Feb 16, 2012 #6
    Re: MIT eCourse

    I enrolled :P
  8. Feb 16, 2012 #7
    Interestingly enough, the RELATE education group (also at MIT) is doing a similar project. See: http://learn-physics.org/adm/roles. I think this is a good thing. Education over the internet has a lot of untapped potential, so I'm interested in how these courses will work out.
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