So having spent my last two posts suggesting that the OU needs to retain at least some face to face tutorial and/or residential school time in its modules, I’ve decided to enrol in an entirely internet-delivered short course in circuits and electronics, of which the BBC says:
… is unusual in that it is inviting students anywhere in the world, without charge or prior entrance requirements, to study for a certificate carrying the MIT brand.
The level this course is taught at is supposed to be equivalent to a module within the first year of an undergraduate degree. MIT say that:
In order to succeed in this course, you must have taken an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism. You must know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations.
Despite saying they’re aiming at a worldwide audience, that statement seems to suggest that I might have to do a crash course in American culture too. Having done a quick bit of research, AP level is apparently similar to A level courses in content, but rather different in assessment style. So I should be all right.
I have two reasons for wanting to try this. Firstly, the subject matter of the course interests me. Secondly, I want to see if it really is possible and enjoyable to study at degree level purely through the medium of the internet. I’m sceptical (or should that be skeptical?), but hopefully will remain open-minded.
The course runs from 5th March to 8th June and is meant to take around 10 hours a week. I’ll be blogging about my experiences here, but if you fancy joining me on this journey into the world of 1999AD I’d welcome your company!