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MIT Opens Enrollment for First MITx Certificate Course: “6.002x Circuits & Electronics”

Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened enrollment this week to the first course in its upgraded online platform that allows students worldwide to take courses and receive a certificate if they complete the class. For now, classes are free. Later, they will involve a small fee. Here is the first class that starts March 5 and goes for three months. MIT is using it as a test case:

Taught by Anant Agarwal, with Gerald Sussman and Piotr Mitros, 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is an on-line adaption of 6.002, MIT’s first undergraduate analog design course. This prototype course will run, free of charge, for students worldwide from March 5, 2012 through June 8, 2012. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the material and earn a certificate from MITx.

For more information and to enroll, visit MITx here

Readers can find our previous post on the MIT strategic move to expand OpenCourseWare here. It will be interesting to see how many students enroll in the free class. It requires an advanced mathematics and physics background. The course will focus on the inner-working of smart phones and other gadgets.

Other courses will begin later in the year. Bloomberg News writes:

For the past 10 years, MIT has provided documents and lecture notes online for more than 2,000 courses through its OpenCourseWare program to more than 100 million people. Through its new MITx initiative, non-MIT students will, for the first time, have their performance assessed and receive certificates if they show mastery in the subject, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school said in a statement.

“Anybody anywhere that has the time, motivation, drive to learn this kind of material should be given the opportunity to do so,” Reif said. The new program will have more interactive features than MIT’s current OpenCourseWare offerings, he said. Students will have video lectures, midterm and final exams, weekly deadlines to complete homework and labs and access to discussion forums. They can expect to spend about 10 hours a week on the course, MIT said.

Via Bloomberg News

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