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New look for www.class-central.com. Designed by +Abhishek Gupta
 
Class-Central now has a stunning new look - http://www.class-central.com

We created the new design to sharpen some rough edges and make it fully responsive so it works well with all screen sizes - large monitors, tablets and phones and. Hope you enjoy the new look of class-central. Happy studying!

(And if you love the new design you can use it in your own work for free by using our Twitter Bootstrap theme - 'SlashPixel' (https://github.com/classcentral/slashpixel)
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Stanford professors +Daphne Koller and +Andrew Ng are founding a company Coursera to scale up efforts to educate the world


The job postings at http://coursera.theresumator.com/ reveal that Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are founding a company. This is what it has to say:

"In Fall 2011, Stanford University’s free online classes (http://ml-class.org, http://db-class.org) delivered high quality courses to hundreds of thousands of students in 176 countries around the world. Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are founding a company that is following up on the success of these courses to scale up online education efforts to provide a high quality education to the world."

Some other excerpts from the job postings:

"We see a future where world-leading educators are at the center of the education conversation, and their reach is limitless, bounded only by the curiosity of those who seek their knowledge; where universities such as Stanford, Harvard, and Yale serve millions instead of thousands."

"Our approach will allow universities to provide an alternative to standard lecture classes for on-campus students. We propose a flipped classroom model, in which students use our interactive videos to watch the content in advance, and classroom time is used for a more meaningful and engaging interaction between faculty and students, and between students themselves."


At the time of writing, 6 open job positions were available: Course Support Technician, Senior Web Developer, Software Engineer, Summer Internship, UI/UX Designer, and Web Developer.

Source: Job postings at http://coursera.theresumator.com/
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The AI Class Team is back with 2 new courses and a brand new site

The team(Know Labs) from the immensely popular Intro to AI Class have just launched a new online learning initiative UDACITY(www.udacity.com). 2 courses have been announced:

CS 101: BUILDING A SEARCH ENGINE

"Learn programming in seven weeks. We'll teach you enough about computer science that you can build a web search engine like Google or Yahoo!"

Instructor : DAVID EVANS (http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/)
Prequisites: None
Course Start date: 20th February, 2012

CS 373: PROGRAMMING A ROBOTIC CAR

“In seven weeks you'll learn how to program all the major systems of a robotic car, by the leader of Google and Stanford's autonomous driving teams.”

Instructor : SEBASTIAN THRUN (http://robots.stanford.edu/)
Prequisites: Some programming experience is useful(Python is going to be used), Linear algebra and statistics is useful but not required
Course Start date: 20th February, 2012


Source: UDACITY(www.udacity.com)

#stanford #udacity
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The first MITx course, 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) begins March 5th

The first MITx course, 6.002x is now open for enrollment. 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is designed to serve as a first course in an undergraduate electrical engineering (EE), or electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) curriculum. It will be taught by Anant Agarwal, with Gerald Sussman and Piotr Mitros. The course begins on March 5 and runs through till June 8th.

The course is being launched in an experimental prototype form and more courses will be availaible in Fall 2012. On success completion of the course a student will receive an electronic certificate of accompmplishment. This is what MITx has to say about it:

If you successfully complete the course, you will receive an electronic certificate of accomplishment from MITx. This certificate will indicate that you earned it from MITx’s pilot course. In this prototype version, MITx will not require that you be tested in a testing center or otherwise have your identity certified in order to receive this certificate.
More details about MITx can be found at http://mitx.mit.edu/.

The course has been added to the list containing Coursera and Udacity courses at www.class-central.com

#mitx

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Sebastian Thrun gave up his tenure position at Stanford for this.

Source: http://robots.stanford.edu/
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Misson statement for Stanford's online learning initiative

We are committed to making the best education in the world freely available to any person who seeks it. We envision people throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries, using our platform to get access to world-leading education that has so far been available only to a tiny few. We see them using this education to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in

Source: www.coursera.org

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