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Get Educated for Free: Stanford Continues Its Public Course Experiment

Rodrigo Mejia

Stanford University is continuing its free online course experiment after more than 350,000 participants signed up for courses last year. The classes, taught by regular Stanford faculty through video lectures and live quizzes, allows students to progress at their own pace while giving educators valuable feedback on how technology can impact the learning process.
The courses this year range from teaching scientists to become better writers, to quantum mechanics, to cryptography. While completion of the course won't net Stanford credit, a certificate is sent to those who see the course through to the end. Here's a small list of course titles slated for Fall 2013:
- Sustainable Product Development
-Technology Entrepreneurship
- Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries
- Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
- The Finance of Retirement & Pensions
- Writing in the Sciences
Online education, particular freely offered education, is a source of constant debate for accreditation.

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