MITx – MIT’s new learning initiative – free online courses!!
I’ve mentioned similar courses in the past, but here’s a new twist….. you’re not just watching videos of lectures, you can actually participate.
Here is a description of the purpose of the MITx program, from MIT:
“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.”
The Circuits and Electronics course has already started. Though I can’t participate at this time, I did notice I could still click on the link and enroll.
If you have the time, check it out. Maybe come back and give us some feedback on the experience. The link to the course is:
Yes, this seems to be the way education is going. The current “Wired” has an article about a Stanford course on artificial intelligence that expected 5000 people to sign up and got 120,000. The author suggested that in a decade or so there will only be a few “real” colleges left. Perhaps; if the emphasis is mainly on technical programs it will be a terrible loss to society if few learn liberal arts subjects any more. But in any case online education could extend learning to a lot more people for much more of their lives. This MIT program seems to be near the start of it.