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In the waning days of 2011, MIT announced MITx, a new e‑learning initiative that will offer certificates (find a list of Free Online Certificate Courses here) to students demonstrating mastery of free MIT courses. The university set a spring launch date for MITx, and they have now opened for enrollment the very first course. Taught by Anant Agarwal, Circuits and Electronics is an online adaption of MIT’s first undergraduate analog design course. According the MITx web site, this prototype course will run — free of charge — for students worldwide from March 5, 2012 through June 8, 2012. And students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the material and earn a certificate from MITx. You can get more information on the course, or simply enroll in Circuits and Electronics, today. Just click here.
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UPDATE: MIT professor David Pritchard and his education research group, RELATE are offering an online MIT-level course in Introductory Newtonian Mechanics. The course is free and does not require a textbook. Enrollment has just opened (it starts with an optional prerequisites test), and the course runs from March 1 — May 14, 2012. Individuals who complete the course will receive a letter of completion. This MIT course is unrelated to the MITx project mentioned right above.
via Wired Campus