MIT launches a free virtual learning initiative

eLearning at MIT

MITx new online learning

In November 2011 MIT has announced its plans to launch MITx to improve education on the MIT campus and thousands of other schools/universities around the world. This will enable learners in MIT and around the world to take the courses offered at MIT and also gain a certification.  The best thing is you get it all for free. Yeah you heard it right, ALL GRAITS.

 A decade ago MIT launched Open CourseWare (OCW) providing easy and free access to education worldwide. OCW was a big success as it provided audio, video and PPTs used in the respective classrooms. I personally have taken a few modules myself. But OCW lacked continuity as some course material in between were missing and some courses were very old (updated in 2001). I hope MITx will take care of this and hopefully will provide the complete course material. The motivating factor of all is that MITx will feature online laboratories and collaboration between learners and teachers/professors. You will have a chance to demonstrate your skills and earn a certificate by MITx. MIT plans to create a not-for-profit body to certify online learners. The certificate will carry a distinct name to avoid any confusion with the MIT’s campus degrees.

Currently there is only one course on offer “Circuits and Electronics (6.002x)”. This being run as a prototype course from the 5th of March 2012 and will run until the 8th of June 2012. More info is available on the course page. You can enrol to Circuits and Electronics (6.002x) course by clicking here. Follow MITx on twitter for updates @MyMITx .

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