Online X Programs
Frequently Asked Questions about
MIT Professional Education – Online X Programs
When are courses offered?
Tackling the Challenges of Big Data will run from March 4 – April 1, 2014.
Where do the courses take place?
This course is held online only.
How long will the course material be available online?
The materials will be available to registered and paid participants for 30 days after the course is completed on April 1, 2014.
Is the course synchronous or asynchronous?
Asynchronous. However, the course does end on April 1, 2014.
When will I get access to the course site?
Instructions for accessing the course site will be sent to all paid registrants before the end of February.
How many hours per week will I have class or homework?
There are approximately five hours of video every week. You will spend additional time on multiple choice assessments, readings, and discussion forums. Most participants will spend about seven hours a week on course-related activities.
Do I have to attend lectures at a scheduled time?
Lectures are pre-taped and you can follow along when you find it convenient, as long as you finish on April 1. You may find it more beneficial to stick to a weekly schedule so you can stay up-to-date with the discussion forums.
Who will be participating in this course?
Professionals with diverse personal, business, and academic backgrounds from the U.S. and around the world will participate. They include scientists, engineers, technicians, managers, consultants, and others, and they come from industry, government, military, and academia.
How do I know if this course is right for me?
Carefully review the course description page, which includes a description of course content, objectives, and target audience.
I have never taken a course on the edX platform before. What can I do to prepare?
Participants can take a demonstration course that was built specifically to help students become more familiar with taking a course on the edX platform prior to the first day of class.
Who teaches Tackling the Challenges of Big Data?
This course is taught by an all-star team of 12 faculty and researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). See the course description page for more details on their research background and accomplishments.
Are there prerequisites or advance reading materials?
MIT Professional Education strongly recommends a bachelor’s degree in computer science and three years’ work experience, but the course is open to any interested participant. No advance reading is required.
What reference materials will participants keep at the end of the course?
Program materials from all the presentations and 30-day access to the archived course (includes videos, discussion boards, content, and Wiki).
Will I receive MIT credits?
Participants who successfully complete the course and all assessments will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Will I earn MIT credit or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Tackling the Challenges of Big Data?
Participants of Tackling the Challenges of Big Data offered March 4 - April 1, 2014 who successfully complete all course requirements are eligible to receive 2.0 Continuing Education Units (2.0 CEUs).
CEUs are a nationally recognized means of recording noncredit/non-degree study. They are accepted by many employers, licensing agencies, and professional associations as evidence of a participant’s serious commitment to the development of a professional competence.
CEUs are based on hours of instruction. For example: One CEU = 10 hours of instruction.
CEUs may not be applied toward any MIT undergraduate or graduate level course.
English is not my first language; can I still participate?
All of MIT Professional Education courses are taught in English; however, we do not require TOEFL or other English proficiency tests for you to attend a course. It is up to you to determine your comfort level with the English language if you wish to take this course.
Are video captions available?
Each video for this course has been transcribed and the text can be found on the right side of the video when the captions function is turned on. Synchronized transcripts allow students to follow along with the video and navigate to a specific section of the video by clicking the transcript text. Students can use transcripts of media-based learning materials for study and review.
How do I apply?
All prospective participants must complete an online application for admission at http://onlinex.mit.edu/bigdata.
How do I register a group of participants?
For a group of 2-14, each participant should submit their own individual registration form and should pay online when registering.
Groups of 15 and higher should use the Group Sales Request form. After submitting payment, MIT Professional Education will email you with instructions on how to get each member of your group registered.
- Groups of 15-49 will need to provide the information for each attendee in an excel spreadsheet provided by our office.
- Groups of 50+ can use the spreadsheet mentioned above or have MIT Professional Education create a pre-paid company code to give to your attendees. They will need to use that code to complete the registration form at the regular registration site.
I'm completing the registration form for someone else. Can I use my email address to create the account?
If you are completing the group sales request form and will be acting as the group coordinator, please use your email address.
If you are not going to participate in the course, and will be completing the regular registration form for an individual or several individuals, please do not use your own email. MIT Professional Education strongly recommends that each individual registrant complete his/her own registration, because our system uses the email address as a unique identifier and username. Any future registrations will overwrite previously submitted information connected to that account.
When will I know if I’ve been accepted into the course?
MIT Professional Education will confirm your registration via email within three business days. Please note that access to the course site and materials will not be granted to any registrant who has not submitted payment.
What are the criteria for admission?
There are no general admission requirements. MIT Professional Education strongly recommends a bachelor’s degree in computer science and three years of work experience.
How will I receive information about the course once I've registered?
The MIT Professional Education office communicates with participants via email. Once you have registered, please add email@example.com to your "trusted senders" list to ensure you receive all course-related communications. All paid registrants will receive information about creating an account by February 28, 2014.
What is the registration deadline?
It is highly recommended that you register as soon as possible. Registration will be accepted up until February 28, but registrants will not be given access to the course site or materials until payment is received.
I will be too busy to attend. Can someone else attend in my place?
Yes, but the MIT Professional Education office must be notified and your substitute must submit an application. Please contact us to request a substitution.
I was admitted and have paid, but cannot attend this session. Can I attend later instead?
Admission and fees paid cannot be deferred to a subsequent session; however, you may cancel your registration and reapply. The finance section of our FAQ details our cancellation policy.
I am a college undergraduate. Can I participate?
This course is designed for professionals, but college undergraduates are welcome to participate.
I am a high school student. Can I participate?
MIT Professional Education courses are not designed for high school students and we do not encourage them to apply. The MIT website lists several excellent programs for secondary school students.
How much does the program cost?
The program fee is USD$495.
What does it mean when I've been accepted into a course?
Acceptance means that you have enrolled in the course and have agreed to the cancellation policy and fees. See below for details on our cancellation policy.
How should I pay?
Individual registrants and groups smaller than 15 must complete individual registrations and pay online when they submit the registration form.
For groups of more than 15 participants, we accept credit cards, checks, and wire transfers. Full instructions and remittance details will be included on your official invoice. Please note that our terms are net zero. For questions regarding payment instructions or extensions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include the words "payment question" in your subject line.
Are discounts available?
Discounts are available to certain MIT industry partners such as Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) members and CSAIL’s Industry Affiliates Program members. If your company is a member of such a group, please contact your MIT liaison for information about a priority code.
Are scholarships available for this course?
Scholarships are currently not available as the course fee is already significantly reduced relative to other courses at MIT Professional Education.
I need to cancel. Are there any fees?
Yes, MIT Professional Education does charge fees should you cancel your participation. Cancellation fees of $50 per seat apply to cancellation requests received by February 18, 2014. No refunds will be granted after that date.
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