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Stanford University - Study Spring 2013 Courses for FREE..

Stanford University

Spring 2013 Courses from Stanford Online

It has been an exciting year for us at Stanford! We've been working to design and deliver new online, flipped, and blended courses. You've previously expressed an interest in free public classes from Stanford faculty and I wanted to tell you about upcoming courses that you can join. A couple of the courses have already started but you are still free join in. The other start dates are coming up soon so please visit the course web pages to learn how to participate.
As always, you can find out more about Stanford programs and the courses we offer at

Game Theory II

Matthew Jackson, Kevin Leyton-Brown, and Yoav Shoham

Starting May 27

The course is a follow-on to our introductory course and it covers how to design interactions between agents in order to achieve good social outcomes. The course -- which is free and open to the public -- considers three main topics: social choice theory (i.e., collective decision making), mechanism design, and auctions. The course will run for four weeks.

Statistics in Medicine

Kristin Sainani

Starting June 11

The course focuses on real examples from the medical literature and popular press. Each week starts with "teasers," such as: Should I be worried about lead in lipstick? Should I play the lottery when the jackpot reaches half-a-billion dollars? Does eating red meat increase my risk of being in a traffic accident? We will work our way back from the news coverage to the original study and then to the underlying data. In the process, students will learn how to read, interpret, and critically evaluate the statistics in medical studies.

Startup Engineering

Balaji S. Srinivasan, Vijay S. Pande

Starting June 17

This course bridges the gap between academic computer science and production software engineering. It is a fast-paced introduction to key tools and techniques (command line, dotfiles, text editor, distributed version control, debugging, testing, documentation, reading code, deployments), featuring guest appearances by senior engineers from successful startups and large-scale academic projects. Students will build a command line application, expose it as a web service, and then link other students' applications and services together to build an HTML5 mobile app. General principles are illustrated through modern Javascript and the latest web technologies, including Node, Backbone, Coffeescript, Bootstrap, Git, and Github.

How to Learn Math

Jo Boaler

Starting July 15

This course is a short intervention designed to change students' relationships with math. This intervention has been taught successfully in the past (in classrooms); it caused students to re-engage successfully with math, taking a new approach to the subject and their learning. Note that this version of the course is designed for teachers and other helpers of math learners, such as parents. The course will be 8 sessions of 15 minutes each and it will be available, free, online.

Design Thinking Action Lab

Leticia Britos Cavagnaro

Starting July 22nd

In this experiential course will take you on a journey to learn the design thinking process. This methodology for human-centered creative problem solving is used by companies and organizations to drive a culture of innovation. The Design Thinking Action Lab will provide the inspiration, tools and support you need to discover the joy of learning by doing as you tackle an innovation challenge in the real world.

Sustainable Design and Product Management

Dariush Rafinejad

Starting August 5th

This course focuses on strategies for development of sustainable products and manufacturing processes. Students will study sustainability in management of new product and process from the point of view of senior executives. Students will work in teams to design a new sustainable product or take fieldstudy projects to study sustainability practices in a company of their choice.

Mobile Health without Borders

Homero Rivas, Eric Leroux

Started May 13th

This course provides students the unique opportunity to form global, multi-disciplinary teams that create solutions to health problems around the world, and is the first course ever to address global health challenges by leveraging worldwide entrepreneurial spirit. Distinguished guest lecturers will present on their area of expertise, and students will apply concepts to highly relevant group exercises. The culminating project is the Health Innovation Challenge in which small teams will develop an innovative solution to an important health challenge and have the opportunity to earn funding and win other prizes.

Technology Entrepreneurship

Chuck Eesley

Started April 29th

This course introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship pioneered in Silicon Valley which now inspires businesses around the the world. This is the third offering of the class. Last time, nearly 35,000 students from a global audience formed teams to work on start-up ideas together. The top teams were matched with Silicon Valley mentors, and many won the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors. A significant number of alumni of the last class are continuing to build their startups and will be mentoring teams this time.


Kay Giesecke

Started April 29th

This class introduces the basic concepts of modern finance and their practical application. Learn about financial markets and securities, how to rank investment alternatives, use different interest rates, immunize a bond portfolio, measure financial risk, and structure a stock portfolio optimally. Apply your learning in a project involving actual security market data.
Hope to see you online!
John Mitchell 
Vice Provost for Online Learning 
Stanford University

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