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January 20, 2009
Issue No. 79

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Stanford Engineering Everywhere Debuts

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by Eleanor Brown

The School of Engineering now offers some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) is a free online service that provides Stanford's popular introduction to computer science and other computer science and electrical engineering courses.

Screenshot of Stanford Engineering Everywhere home page

Launched in the fall, SEE offers one of Stanford's most popular sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science taken by the majority of Stanford's undergraduates and seven more advanced courses in artificial intelligence and electrical engineering.

"We are excited to extend our teaching and learning opportunities worldwide through SEE," said Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering. "We hope SEE will enable a broad range of people to learn, to share their ideas and to make their own contributions to knowledge."

Stanford Engineering Everywhere provides:

Stanford encourages fellow educators to use Stanford Engineering Everywhere course materials in their own classrooms. A Creative Commons license allows for free and open use, reuse, adaptation and redistribution of Stanford Engineering Everywhere material.

SEE is produced by the school's Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), which will use its 40 years of distance education expertise to provide an anywhere/anytime open access learning experience. SCPD executive director Andy DiPaolo said the ease of forming groups on Facebook and sharing information will allow learners to use Stanford engineering courses as a basis to engage with each other in the vital social aspects of learning.

"We want people to learn from it, build on it and share with others using popular social networking tools," added DiPaolo.

The SEE pilot's development and launch was funded by Sequoia Capital, a Menlo Park, Calif., venture capital firm.

You'll find more information about Stanford Engineering Everywhere at:

http://see.stanford.edu/