The university, which pioneered massive open online courses, unveils two new homegrown software platforms to host the courses.
Sixteen courses and two new platforms for interactive learning will highlight Stanford’s free online offerings this fall, with more to follow during winter and spring quarters.
From cryptography to science writing, technology entrepreneurship, finance and a crash course in creativity, the courses are open to anyone with a computer, anywhere.
As the number of Stanford online courses has grown, so too has the range of fields, which now include computer science, mathematics, linguistics, science writing, sociology and education.
Full Text: Stanford announces 16 free online courses for fall quarter.
IMAGINE a university degree that is like a passport: a subject from Swinburne stamped alongside another from Sydney University, with courses from overseas colleges such as Stanford or Harvard thrown in. You could earn your degree without travelling further than your laptop, and far more cheaply than on campus.
Far-fetched? The proliferation of websites offering courses from top universities – MIT and Stanford among them – and the globalisation of learning generally means this scenario may one day be possible. Higher education is in the middle of a digital revolution, and who has access to it, and how it is done, will shift dramatically in the next few years.
Full Text: Free courses from world’s top unis a swipe away in online revolution.