Stanford Engineering Everywhere

Following Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lead in OpenCourseWare and Yale University’s Open Yale Courses, Stanford University is offering 10 free online courses in computer-science and electrical-engineering courses this fall.  Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) provides the Stanford experience with students and educators around the world.  SEE offers online access to the school’s popular course sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science taken by the majority of Stanford’s undergraduates and seven more advanced courses in artificial intelligence, robotics, and electrical engineering.

It is quite simple to take any of the SEE online courses.  All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.  SEE courses include lecture videos, reading lists, handouts, quizzes, tests, and even a social network for other SEE students.  The course content is offered through a variety of media and formats, including videos on YouTube, iTunes, Vyew, WMV Torrent, and MP4 Torrent. The courses will be covered under a Creative Commons license.  Stanford encourages students and educators to use SEE course materials in their own classrooms or for noncommercial purposes. A Creative Commons license allows for free and open use, reuse, adaptation and redistribution of Stanford Engineering Everywhere material.

According to Stanford, SEE encourages educators and students from across the world to “form virtual communities around the classes.”  The SEE program could be expanded to include more courses if it proves popular and successful. This is a terrific news for students and educators around the world who can’t afford Stanford’s tuition and want to experience the world class education, they can take Stanford up on the offer.   They can now take classes with Stanford students and download lecture videos, handouts, assignments and even exams, almost exactly the same course material available to Stanford students. But of course a big difference is that non Stanford students won’t get any credit.

If you’re ready to start the SEE courses, you can now access these 10 SEE courses [] here.  Good luck.

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6 Responses to Stanford Engineering Everywhere

  1. fendiwanchin says:


    串流媒體(Streaming media)是指將一連串的媒體資料壓縮後,經過網路分段傳送資料,在網路上即時傳輸影音以供觀賞的一種技術與過程,此科技使得資料封包得以像流水一樣發送;如果不使用此科技,就必須在使用前下載整個媒體檔案。串流傳輸可傳送現場影音或預存於伺服器上的影片,當觀看者在收看這些影音檔時,影音資料在送達觀賞者的電腦後立即由特定播放軟體播放(如 Windows Media Player,Real Player,或 QuickTime Player)。



  2. 鴻如 says:

    Stanford University 是1所全美知名的學府, 會有這樣的線上學習分享,應該也是同樣考量可以在任何時間、任何地點學習。學習上方便也有彈性。可以自由支配數位學習等因素所建置,主要是透過現場錄影方式提供學生同步或非同步課程。其製作團隊約有5名職員15名學生把上課的過程拍攝下來了放在網路上,每周約有60到80門課程被錄製下來,這些課程每週都會不一樣。教師毋須特別發展線上課程,透過現場錄影方式提供學生同步或非同步課程,課程品質有保障
    在教材的傳送方式,參考其他資料,瞭解:Stanford Online共有11間TV教室,每間均有5個遙控電視攝影機(2個對準學生,1個對準老師,1個對準power point檔,一個隨時移動(老師的黑板),即時將上課過程訊號送至控制室,現場控制室掌握收訊效果,並由主控室控制各地教室訊號,轉成適當格式分送至網站。Stanford Online在收到訊號後兩小時會由Online Producer做影像擷取數位化與壓縮後製於伺服器上,此一伺服器資料以5TB的Storage Area Network為核心,提供資料給Web伺服器、SQL伺服器、Video伺服器存取,學生可以由Internet介面存取課程資料
    當然,教師由於仍然以傳統教室方式上課(後製由Stanford Online負責)接受度相當高,但此一方式成本可能較高,但應可提供接近傳統教室之教學品質。使用自行開發的平台,最大特色為實況拍攝授課現場,且於課後兩小時完成該時段之Video Streaming 製作並立即上線供學生使用,該課程影音資料經由簡易後製,使用SONY FORGE軟體將PowerPoint與影音同步,上網後即成為Online的課程。

  3. 莊明廣 says:

    從老師帶指導的Open Source概念到開放式課程,都讓我佩服不已,在教育科技的這一區塊裡,有許多應用工具是業界所看不見的,因為沒有商業利益。但是,這是公共區塊,政府或高等教育機構應該主動投入經營。
    我曾思考過,教育部現在中小學裡,大力推動精進教學能力、教師專業發展能力,鼓勵教師藉由自我評核、同儕視導、教室觀察、教學檔案製作,來提昇教師專業能力,這當中已有不少縣市、不少學校的教師積極投入,也產生了不小的影響,對於教師專業能力的提昇確實有不少的幫助。如果我們能透過師培機構的帶領,運用Open Source的概念,製作開放式課程,是否而以更有效、更快速的提昇,也可以有系統的建立教學資源庫呢?

  4. Jim says:

    Interested in computer science, I found the SEE webpage recently. One thing I noticed though was there wasn’t a forum/community where SEE students could meet and get help or discuss the courses. Well, there is now.

    I started this community specifically for that reason. “Come Learn With Us” is provided by A place to hangout and discuss the Computer Science courses.

  5. Linda Bourland-Wynn says:

    Creative Commons is one of the most exciting innovations to come into education that I have ever experienced. I certainly don’t have any problem with legal protection of intellectual property, but it seems as if the Internet is being used for its true (or higher?) purpose in the free and open transmission of data that is enabled by Creative Commons. It is equally exciting to see that Stanford is embracing this notion as well. Stanford certainly has a pedigree and one might assume that Stanford would opt for more restrictive entrance to protect its lofty reputation. It is truly heartening and harkens to the true spirit of education (and as such does much credit to Stanford) that they “encourage educators and students from across the world to ‘form virtual communities around the classes’.” That the course content is offered in a variety of formats and that they are contemplating adding additional courses is really encouraging for the state of education. These Creative Commons endeavors may be the first steps to global collaboration and serious breaks in economic barriers to higher education. High school students participating in the STEM curriculum could take an SEE course as a special project or for extra credit and at the same time, it could spark their interest in continuing their education. America needs more scientists and engineers to compete in the global market and programs like this will reach more potential students than traditional, closed registration, “stick and brick” institutions of learning. If I had a child in the school system now, I would highly encourage them to investigate Creative Commons learning opportunities.

  6. 麻省理工學院率先在“開放式課程網頁”和耶魯大學的耶魯大學開放課程,這是很簡單的採取任何看到網上課程。也就是說需要的是一台電腦和互聯網連接。

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