Launched last March, the Stanford-developed platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs) has attracted over 170,000 students from over 150 countries in just under a year. Compared to peers Coursera and Udacity, Venture Lab focuses on peer learning.
The 6th Annual Crunchies Awards, a technology industry awards ceremony co-hosted this year by TechCrunch, GigaOm and VentureBeat, takes place on Jan. 31 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Twenty Crunchies categories will be awarded, with numerous companies founded or led by Stanford alumni nominated as finalists for major categories.
The Stanford-affiliated Coursera course platform currently leads the pack in massive open online course offerings. Stanford currently has 19 classes on Coursera, some with grants from the Vice Provost for Online Learning.
Stanford University President John Hennessy sat down with The Stanford Daily on Oct. 29 to discuss a wide range of topics, including online education, Stanford’s failed campaign for a New York City campus last fall, Stanford’s fundraising successes and more. This is the first of three installments of that interview; this one focuses on online education.
In short, one is not hard pressed to find ways in which Stanford’s close link to Silicon Valley may negatively affect the academic environment.