MIT’s 1st MitX Course: Lessons Learned

Source: MIT, Jul 2012,

Last December, MIT announced the creation of MITx, an ambitious project to recreate the MIT classroom experience online; in March, the MITx prototype course — “Circuits and Electronics,” or 6.002x in MIT’s course-numbering system — debuted.

In May, MIT and Harvard University jointly announced the creation of edX, an organization that will further develop the MITx platform and enable other universities to use it as well.

As MIT and Harvard gear up to offer new edX courses in the fall, the edX team is taking stock of its experience with 6.002x and beginning to incorporate what it learned into the system’s design.

In the end, almost 155,000 people registered for 6.002x. Of those, roughly 23,000 tried the first problem set, 9,000 passed the midterm, and 7,157 passed the course as a whole.

The traffic on the MITx site came from the United States, India and the United Kingdom, but the country that followed these top three was something of a surprise: Colombia. Rounding out the top 10 were Spain, Pakistan, Canada, Brazil, Greece and Mexico.

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