MIT has a new digital service. If you know about the Open Courseware Consortium, then hopefully you’ll like this future service called MITx. Basically, MITx is a new online learning initiative offered by MIT through the MIT Open Courseware site. According to MIT news, MITx will offer several MIT courses in an interactive learning environment. If you don’t know about Open Courseware, typically the online courses that are offered are a series of videotaped lectures with its associated files such as syllabus, assignment list, and the like. According to MIT news, MITx will allow for student to student communication, online laboratories, assessment, self paced learning, etc.

MIT expects that this learning platform will enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences. MIT also expects that MITx will eventually host a virtual community of millions of learners around the world.

MIT news reports that MITx will be free just like MITs courses through Open Courseware. MITx should be released in the spring 2012. So be on the lookout for this new online learning experience…

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