Category Archives: Computers

OpenLearning launches courses

OpenLearning, a new Australian startup, recently announced its first roster of 4 free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): UNSW Computing 1, Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport, and two marketing courses. UNSW Computing 1, an introductory computer science programming taught … Continue reading

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Power Searching with Google

It’s happened to all of us. You open your browser for a quick Google search, but but you find yourself sorting through dozens of useless pages. So, the folks at Google have a solution: a short online course entitled Power … Continue reading

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New courses from Harvard

Until recently, Harvard University course offerings on iTunesU were limited to computer science courses from Harvard Extension. But now Harvard University has posted three courses on its own iTunesU page. They are: Introduction to Computer Science (iTunes) David Malan The … Continue reading

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How teaching a free online class changed this prof’s life

If you have a spare 20 minutes to get choked up, listen to this talk by Stanford University computer scientist Sebastian Thrun. (Skip the intro – Thrun starts talking 2:27 min. into the video.) As I said in my last … Continue reading

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The audacity of Udacity

Stanford computer scientist Sebastian Thrun is shaking up the world of higher education again. You may remember that he was part of an initiative last fall that offered three free Stanford computer science courses to the world. More than 160,000 … Continue reading

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Enrollment opens for 14 new free Stanford courses

This past fall Stanford University began a bold experiment, offering 3 free online computer science classes in a new and intriguing format. Now the experiment continues, with 14 more courses planned for early 2012, available at the Coursera website. Enrollment … Continue reading

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Stanford’s OpenClassroom now online

Stanford University’s new OpenClassroom website is now online. This website, which features free non-credit university courses delivered via short videos, is being used for three widely publicized free computer science courses being offered this fall. Additional computer science and math … Continue reading

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Harvard, MIT & Stanford introduce computer science to the world

In the 1970s I worked for a few years as a computer programmer, writing applications in the now obsolete COBOL language on an IBM mainframe that had a whopping one megabyte of memory. It was clearly the stone age of … Continue reading

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Two more free Stanford computer sci classes

Thanks to an alert reader, we now know that there are not one, not two, but three free Stanford computer science classes on offer this fall. If you’re ready to work hard, do homework and take exams, you can get … Continue reading

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Get a grade and a certificate from free Stanford AI course

In what may be a first in free online courses, two Stanford University computer science profs are offering a popular Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course via the web, and you can get a certificate (but not college credit) and a … Continue reading

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