Monday, September 22, 2008

Free Stanford Computer/Robotics Online Courses


1. Why has Stanford chosen to make courses available for free?
Stanford and the School of Engineering believe that technology transfer is an important part of its mission. This includes research and teaching. SEE is an important step in making important pieces of its curriculum available to a broad audience.
2. How is SEE being funded?
SEE’s pilot program was funded by Sequoia Capital, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm that helped launch Nvidia, Yahoo!, Google, and many other successful technology startups.
3. How did you decide which courses to offer?
The introductory Computer Science courses provide a powerful platform for a wide variety of students both within and beyond Stanford. Computer Science and Electrical Engineering faculty also raised their hands to offer more advanced courses in Artificial Intelligence, and Linear Systems & Optimization for SEE’s pilot.