If you’re interested in getting started with electronics and building circuits or just refreshing your knowledge then you may be interested to knowthat MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) are running a free, online course in just that. The course is a prototype on-line experiment based on MIT’s “analog design course: 6.002” which is running in the meat-world. It’s free for everyone and will be going until June 8, 2012 so there’s still plenty of time to get on board. All that’s required is some prior knowledge of maths and science to get you started.
6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is designed to serve as a first course in an undergraduate electrical engineering (EE), or electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) curriculum. At MIT, 6.002 is in the core of department subjects required for all undergraduates in EECS
The course is based on some work found in the textbook Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey H. Lang (available at Amazon), it’s stated that the book is recommended but not essential, as relevant sections are provided electronically.
MIT have been long been attempting to update education for the 21st century, for some time posting lectures on their YouTube page for free and with this latest offering it looks like something they believe in. Hopefully we will see a rise of free, online education in all fields for the masses.