Monday, March 5, 2012

First Course Offered by MITx Begins Today

MIT News (03/05/12)

More than 90,000 people have signed up for the first course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) MITx online-learning initiative, which starts March 5.  "We are eager to see how MITx courses can add even greater value to our traditional, time-tested approach to teaching," says MIT provost L. Rafael Reif.  Circuits and Electronics, which is open to the public, will introduce engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction, helping students make the transition from physics to the fields of electrical engineering and computer science.  "We have built MITx in such a way that we will be able to release the software to the world as open source and to invite developers everywhere to help us improve the features we've created as well as invent new ones," says MIT professor Anant Agarwal.  The course features an introductory video describing how to use the platform, a schedule, an e-textbook, and a discussion board.  Each week students will watch video lectures and demonstrations, work with practice exercises, complete homework assignments, and participate in an online interactive lab designed to replicate its real-world counterpart.  Students also can take exams and check their grades as they complete the course.