The prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has launched its first prototype course, which will be available on its MITx online platform. Students from all over the world can enroll for this electronics course ‘6.002x: Circuits and Electronics’, which is scheduled to start from 5th March and end by 8th June.

MIT had announced, last December about the setting up of interactive platform to offer a range of free courses based on distance learning with a view to extend education to a wider audience. The course material is designed in such a way that it will enable students to learn at their own pace. It includes online laboratories and interactivity feature that will allow students to communicate with each other. The learning platform will be open-source in nature, which will allow for continuous improvements. It will also supplement the learning experiences of on-campus students.  

The content of the said online electronic course is based on the content created by MIT professors, Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey H. Lang for the same campus-based course. The course will introduce engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. The topics covered, include resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources, switches and MOS transistors, amplifiers, energy storage elements, digital circuits, and more.


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Students will be provided with course schedule, e-textbooks and will have access to discussion board to communicate with fellow classmates. There will be four instructors and other teaching assistants working with the students. Students are expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week on the course, they will have to watch the video demonstrations, complete assignments as well as participate in online lab sessions. Even the exams and the grades will be conducted and declared online. After successful completion of the course students will get a certificate

Speaking about the launch of the course, MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif said, “We are very excited to begin MITx with this prototype class. We will use this prototype course to optimize the tools we have built by soliciting and acting on feedback from learners.” MITx is expected to announce new additional courses in later half of 2012. While this first prototype course is free, for later courses students will be expected to pay a small fee to get a certificate.   

To know more about the course, its requirement and to enroll, click here.

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