Online Courses

Basic Electronics
Basic Electronics teaches the building and repair of common electronic appliances such as irons, amplifiers, radios, etc. There are a myriad of uses for such information. Some folks make a good living just repairing electrical devices. The soundman for a club or band may need that information in the course of his work. Ham Radio operators and other hobbyists find this type information most helpful. Even the "handy" guy around the house likes this stuff. As an online course, the demand for basic electronics is on-going.

As with many such "hobby" subjects, costs of courses can vary greatly. Colleges offer courses in electronics for four hundred dollars or more a semester hour. On the other hand, a web site called has a pretty intricate looking basic electronics course for free. If this is your thing, you can certainly find a course in your price range. Don't expect to learn it all in one lesson, though – even the hobbyist taking a simple course should expect to spend a minimum of two or three months learning the material.

Formal course will have all the standard online methods of instruction such as email, printed lectures, textbooks, CDs, streaming video, forums and chatrooms. Even the most informal courses usually offer help via email.

These type courses are all about homework, as that is what self-study really is. There will necessarily be intensive reading material, given the nature of the subject. But the great thing about these courses is that they are more practical than theoretical. You will get to use the tools of the trade to actually build and repair things with your own two hands, gaining practical experience to go with you class/book instructions.

Speaking of tools, if that's what you like this is your place. Start with standard, handheld screwdrivers, pliers, crimpers, strippers, wire cutters and similar tools. But that's just the beginning.

You'll deal with testers for wire circuits as well as fiber optics. There are dozens of slicers, fasteners and adhesives. Cable, tubing and work racks may be called into play. Even old-fashioned soldering irons. Indeed, there are so many tools, advanced and handheld, that no single course will offer instruction in them all, and you may never use some of them. However, with that much variety you can't help but satisfy your appetite.

Grading for this type of course tends toward formal A-F classroom grades rather than a less formal "go at your own pace" type of class, especially since many courses offer certificates or diplomas upon completion. Expect a lot of feedback and practical learning from "hands on" assignments, though. Which, for the person interested in Basic Electronics courses, should be right up your alley.

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