EdX and University of Texas at Austin embedded processing MOOC: world-class microcontroller education available to all

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The world has been gripped by a phenomenon to improve access to education!  Programs such as Khan Academy and Code Academy are shining examples; giving anyone with an internet connection the opportunity to learn either High School classes (such as Math with Khan Academy) or how to code (such as Code Academy).

Now with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) this education phenomenon is propelling access of quality higher education to anyone, living anywhere who wants to learn!  

The TI University Program is announcing "Embedded Systems - Shape the World, UT 6.01x" brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin and MOOC Provider EdX--  the very first TI-hardware based MOOC

It's known, that "students learn by doing” - but online, this task is difficult. That is why Professors Valvano and  and Yerriballi choose UT's EE 319K lab-based course (a required course taken by all ECE majors) into an intense lab-oriented MOOC. What makes this particular MOOC stand out is how they have designed the lab into the course, to give the hands on-learning component that is experienced by UT Austin students in EE 319K. How are they doing a Massively Online Open Course-Lab?

By having the students create the lab at home!

In this hands-on experience, students will build their own arcade-style game using TI’s TM4C123 Tiva™ LaunchPad Microcontroller. This microcontroller has a state of the art ARM® Cortex™-M4 processor. Details on how to purchase the kit can be found on the UT Austin page, or you can go to Element 14 and buy all of the parts in one place!


About this "Embedded Systems - Shape the World" MOOC:

This course, is a 15-week course based on Dr. Jonathan Valvano’s textbook Introduction to Embedded Systems Volume I
The course begins with embedded programming through introducing Assembly and C Programming language and continues in a bottoms up approach (simple to complex) to build microcontroller systems. Students start with a simple blink LED introduction and end the semester building their own video game.