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28 June 2013

Stanford engineers startup MOOC

Stanford University releases Startup Engineering Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through provider Coursera.

Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor

Startup Engineering as taught by Silicon Valley-based Stanford University can now be learned for free through online course provider Coursera.

Offering students the opportunity to “learn the engineering skills needed to build a technology start-up from the ground up”, the course will cover both tech topics such as coding and databases as well as entrepreneurial areas like market research and accounting.

Coursera, launched last year with $23m in venture funding, has gone on to attract several million students from all over the world with free and open courses delivered by a range of the world’s top universities. Often dubbed Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the platform and its peers have seen remarkable spikes in interest since the concept took off following initial experiments at Stanford in 2011.

The course will be taught by Vijay Pande, director of Stanford’s biophysics programme, and Balaji Srinivasan, co-founder of a genomics startup and data mining and statistics lecturer. Both will be joined by guest lecturers, including engineers and entrepreneurs, over the 10 week duration of the course. 

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