Think Stanford University is too expensive for you? Think again. Stanford offers a series of free online courses on topics ranging from Natural Language Processing to Anatomy. These courses will be starting in January or February 2012.
Short length video lectures are recorded and recordings will be available, allowing students to watch the lectures at their leisure. Text transcriptions may be available for videos.
The following are brief descriptions of courses grouped by topic.
Lean Launchpad – Have a great idea? Take this course to learn what’s involved in turning ideas into great companies. Instructor Steve Blank prepares students for the uncertainty and chaos that accompanies the startup process.
Technology Entrepreneurship – Taught by Professor Chuck Eesley, this free course teaches students the process of creating start-ups in realms such as information, consumer and medical technology.
CS 101 – Take this course to learn the essentials of Computer Science. Anyone using computers can benefit from the basics taught by instructor Nick Parlante.
Probabilistic Graphical Models – Join Professor Daphne Koller in creating a basic foundation to model beliefs regarding the world’s condition. This is a valuable course for anyone wanting to create coherent reasoning from limited or diverse observations.
Machine Learning – Through this course, students discover the science of making computers act without being specifically programmed. Machine Learning is taught by Professor Andrew Ng.
Cryptography – During this course, Professor Dan Boneh teaches students about Cryptography, a valuable tool for safeguarding information on computer systems.
Software as a Service – Want to learn the process of developing long-lasting software? With this course, Professors Armando Fox and David Patterson teach the importance of involving customers, reducing development mistakes and other development fundamentals.
Human-Computer Interaction – Join Scott Klemmer as he teaches students techniques for designing technologies that bring people joy than causing frustrations.
Computer Security – Through this course, students learn how to write secure code and design secure systems. Professors Dan Boneh, John Mitchell and Dawn Song teach this free course.
Design and Analysis of Algorithms I – Through this online class, Professor Tim Roughgarden teaches students the fundamentals of algorithm design including applications for searching, fast sorting and multiplication.
Anatomy – This course offers immense value for anyone studying or working in healthcare. Anatomy is taught by Dr. Srivastava and offers the basic framework used in communications about the body.
Making Green Buildings – This course is for students who want to learn the process of creating sustainable buildings. Learn new age building concepts taught by instructor Martin Fischer.
Model Thinking – This course introduces the use of models in understanding the world and its complexities. Instructed by Scott E. Page, Model Thinking is designed to help students excel in future social science endeavors.
Game Theory – Enroll in this course to explore modeling of conflicts among nations, trading behavior in markets, political campaigns and more. Game Theory is instructed by Matthew O. Jackson and Yoav Shoham.
Information Theory – Taught by Tsachy Weissman, this course explores the basic concepts of Information Theory. The free course is recommended for students in the fields of data compression, communications and statistical signal processing.
Natural Language Processing - This course covers a range of topics including information extraction, meaning extraction and question answering. Natural Language Processing is instructed by Professors Dan Jurafsky and Christopher Manning.
Register for any of the courses by entering email address on the course website. You’ll be notified via email when the course begins. Students enrolled in the courses may ask questions via Q&A forums.
Stanford offers another 13 courses through its Stanford Engineering Everywhere program.
Note: Stanford free courses does not provide certificate of completion, if you are looking for one check out MITs new program MITx, which provide Certificate of Course Completion for free courses.