Free MITx course offers grade and certificate

You can get a piece of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) brand for free if you sign up for Circuits and Electronics (website) a prototype online course which will run from March 5 to June 8.

The course is the first offering of MITx, MIT’s new online initiative that will offer more free MIT content on the web in the fall of 2012. For this first course, students will take exams on the honor system and will not have to pay for a certificate of completion. In the future there will be identity checks and probably a fee.

Here is what MIT’s press release says about the course:

To access the course, registered students will log in at, where they will find a course schedule, an e-textbook for the course, and a discussion board. Each week, students will watch video lectures and demonstrations, work with practice exercises, complete homework assignments, and participate in an online interactive lab specifically designed to replicate its real-world counterpart. Students will also take exams and be able to check their grades as they progress in the course. Overall, students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours each week on the course.

This is an introductory course in electrical engineering, so you should have taken an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism. You should also know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations.


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