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  1. Doug Holton
    February 16, 2012 - 5:06 am

    One other concern I have is the same concern I have with every course. How was it designed. Will it be just like every other intro circuits class (with many failing, dropping out, changing major, and even many of those who do pass still not really understanding the material), or will it acknowledge decades worth of educational research on how to teach circuits and engineering better. Will there be any research-based assessments of students’ understanding and engagement after and during the course to see where it can be improved.

    • Jim
      March 2, 2012 - 6:56 pm

      Doug, there probably is no such thing as the “perfect” course. Like anything in life it is what you make it. Yes, could students potentially drift through and not really have a perfect mastery? Probably, but I know many students who did that in traditional brick and mortar schools. An education is not an entitlement, and graduates should never be considered equal even though they might have the same degree. There will be a learning curve I am sure translating education into the digital format. Look at how much traditional schooling changed over the years, even high schools changed greatly. My father only need 16 credits to graduate from high school I needed 28. So does that mean I have a better mastery? Not necessarily. It still depends greatly on the individual. After all that’s what is hired the individual not the degree itself.

  2. Cameron Nichol
    February 16, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    Good PR for MIT and the faculty in question. I looks like something put together inside the faculty by enthusiastic tech heads without much input from older, more worldly wise MIT Learning Design professionals.

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    February 16, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    […] What do you think? (Your answers will not be automatically marked).” Tony Bates, e-learning and distant education resources, 15. Februar 2012 […]

  4. […] Higher education is going to digital.  There are huge implications when most high education have become online.  The MITx is a big move that would test the uncharted water, using a global digital landscape.  It could be interesting to learn how the course would be delivered by MITx as mentioned by Tony here. […]

  5. […] Tony Bates wonders if MITx will work – and not solely from the perspective of students. “Is this a business model that could be replicated in other universities? Or is it still heavily dependent on philanthropy?” […]

  6. Daniel
    March 15, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    I had similar thoughts about this. But I don’t think this program have to educate new engineers. It is also a good way for people to broaden their skills. I graduated more then 15 years ago, MITx gives me the possibility to refresh some things and even learn new things (I don’t have an engineering degree).
    More thoughts about MITx and similar approaches at

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