by Sean Coughlan, BBC Education Correspondent
In this article, Sean reports on MITx which is a free open online course available with assessment and MIT certification.
“This is not a “watered down” version of the campus course or “any less intense”, says a university spokesman.
The main difference is that the MITx version has been designed for online students, with a virtual laboratory, e-textbooks, online discussions and videos that are the equivalent of a lecture. It is expected to take 10 hours per week and will run until June”