Free Online Learning from Stanford U

Online Learning

How cool is this? Stanford University is offering more free online classes. More? Back in 2008, we told  you about free online classes from Stanford that could be downloaded as Torrents.

Now they are offering more online classes on a site called Udacity.  A couple of the classes have already started, but you can still sign up and catch up! I signed up for “Build a Search Engine” which teaches you to build an actual search engine using Python. No programming experience is necessary, which is good, since I don’t know Python. Yet.

Take a look at this video about the Build Your Own Search Engine class, and watch for the words from Sergey Brin!

The current classes are:

  • CS101 Building a Search Engine
  • CS373 Programming A Robotic Car

Classes starting April 16th, 2012:

  • CS387 Applied Cryptography
  • CS212 Design of Computer Programs
  • CS262 Programming Languages
  • CS253 Web Application Engineering – taught by Steve Huffman – co-founder the social news site

From the NewYork Times, on the Artificial Intelligence class that was the first one offered at Udacity:

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence, to be taught this fall by two leading experts from Silicon Valley, has attracted more than 58,000 students around the globe — a class nearly four times the size of Stanford’s entire student body.

From the Udacity site:

Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in our first class, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.” …

StanfordOK, so get on over to Udacity, and sign up for one of these free online classes. And if you do, come back and let us know what you think about it.

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