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    Business & Management, Continuing Medical Education, Education, Engineering & Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Environment & Energy, Humanities, Mathematics, Medicine & Health, Natural and Social Sciences
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    Stanford Online is a website offering 100+ free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. The site offers both scheduled and self-paced courses categorised into 10 subject areas and offered through a number of different platforms, including Coursera, NovoEd and Stanford’s own open-source platform, Stanford OpenEdX. Depending on the course format, courses include lecture videos, interactive exercises and quizzes, assignments and exams. Some courses offer a statement of accomplishment on completion of the course.

    Users can search by topic, platform and course status (In session, Upcoming, Self-paced etc). Students access the courses via the course page which generally gives a course overview, syllabus, instructor bio and a FAQ section.

    No registration is required to use the website, although users will have to register on the platform hosting the course. Stanford Online open courses do not award degrees.

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  1. Carolyn
    "High quality courses taught by Stanford professors"
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    Pros - A large library of high quality courses
    Courses taught by top professors
    Courses offering a variety of assessment tools
    Courses hosted on high quality platforms(Coursera, NovoEd, StanfordEdX)
    Cons - The courses are hosted on several different platforms
    The Stanford Online website itself does not provide any social tools for interaction
    Site navigation can be confusing
    Stanford Online is really just a portal to access the university's open and free courses which are hosted on other platforms. It allows users who are interested in Stanford's offerings to browse all their online courses in one place and keep up to date on news & events regarding the institution.


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