So I was just surfing the web and stumbled upon this interesting learning resource.
“EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth…”
What’s very interesting is that the courses are pretty much the same ones offered in the campuses of these top universities, and they are free (for now).
Even though the courses are self-paced, they have a start and end date, exams and even a certificate if you pass it.
I’ll confess it here: If there is such thing as “another life”, I was a Computer Scientist with a doctorate in Astrophysics. I’m just extremely fascinated by these subjects; I guess that’s why I studied Electronic Engineering.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist and I signed up for 3 of the 7 courses offered, and my plan is to report here my experience with these. So stay tuned!
Here are the links and the videos to the 3 courses I’ll be taking:
CS50x: Introduction to Computer Science - CS50x is Harvard College’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for computer science majors and non-majors alike. Starting October 15th 2012.
6.00x: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming – 6.00x is an MIT introduction to using computation to solve real problems. The course is aimed at students with little or no prior programming experience who have a desire (or at least a need) to understand computational approaches to problem solving. Starting October 1st 2012.
6.002x: Circuits and Electronics – An MIT course that 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. Starting September 5th 2012.