MITx opens registration for first free open learning course

February 23, 2012

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened registration last week for its first online course through MITx, its new online initiative that allows the public to enroll in an online course at no charge, and pay only for a credential upon completion. Students taking the first course, "Circuits and Electronics", will watch a series of 5- to 10-minute video tutorials, read an e-textbook, and complete homework assignments, virtual labs, and 2 exams (which will be graded by computer). An e-learning innovation MIT developed for the course is a browser-based "virtual circuits laboratory" in which students drag and drop chips and resistors to construct a virtual circuit board. At the end of the course, stud ents will receive a cumulative grade and a certificate from MITx. Registration is free, and there is no enrolment cap.  Inside Higher Ed