MIT recently announced its first free interactive, fully-automated online course. As new models of instruction emerge and institutions looks for new ways to deliver education to more diverse student populations, what role will "instructor-less" courses play in achieving institutional goals?
MIT launches free online 'fully automated' course
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world's top-rated universities, has announced its first free course which can be studied and assessed completely online. An electronics course, beginning in March, will be the first prototype of an online project, known as MITx. The interactive course is designed to be fully automated, with successful students receiving a certificate. The US university says it wants MITx to "shatter barriers to education".