It may sound like a lie, but distance education, before made by mail and now through the internet, exist since the end of the18th century. In these last years, many universities all over world have opened their classes by putting them on the internet to anyone interested in watch. What never happened before was one of this big teaching institutions taking the decision to not only open their classes, but also to offer at the end a graduation for real.
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), one of the most respectful teaching institutions of this little blue planet, opened enrollment to a course which will serve as an experiment to evaluate how this new possibility of teaching may work.
The course to this first test is called Circuits and Electronics, it covers the study of electronics circuits and operation of some electric components. Inside of MIT this course is part of the curriculum to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. As requirements they ask an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism, knowledge of basic calculus, linear algebra and some background in differential equations. They offer an optional remedial differential equations component for those who need it.
This first course will be free, it will start now on March 5, ending in June 8. They believe a student will need to dedicate 10 hours per week to follow the program.
Personally, I really like this kind of initiative and I believe it can have a huge impact in the future, since it removes distances and borders making accessible a level of knowledge that will push universities all over the world to reach one same level of teaching.
Click on the image bellow to know more and enroll to the course.