Stanford announces two new online learning platforms

By Joe McKendrick, SmartPlanet

Stanford also announced two new homegrown software platforms to host the courses. Each platform has its own distinct features and capabilities, among them video lectures, discussion forums, peer assessment, problem sets, quizzes and team projects. The courses are open to anyone with a computer, anywhere. A team-based course, Technology Entrepreneurship, taught by Chuck Eesley, assistant professor of management science and engineering, garnered 37,000 students when it first appeared last spring. It is hosted on another new platform, Venture Lab, developed by Stanford faculty member Amin Saberi specifically for classes in which students work in teams.

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