MIT is spearheading a new online education venture called MITx. The courses are free but eventually you will have to pay to have a certificate of completion. They opened enrollment today for their first class, “6.002: Circuits and Electronics.” The course seems pretty intense, the description reading:
The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course. You should expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on the course.
I think I’m going to sign up because I’m intrigued by the idea of open education. Also, I think it might give me a leg up in some of my future EE courses. I’m hoping that having a semi-solid background in the material means that I won’t have to spend 10 hours/week but we’ll see. I don’t know if there are any ramifications for dropping a free, online, prototype course.
Anyone else giving this a try?