Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Five free Stanford classes on entrepreneurship, innovation, finance, and education

1- Technology Entrepreneurship, Chuck Eesley. Starting October 15th.
This course introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship, pioneered in Silicon Valley and now spreading across the world. This is the second offering of the class. Last time, nearly 40,000 students from around the world participated and worked in teams together. The top teams were matched with Silicon Valley mentors, and the best teams at the end of the class pitched their ideas to investors. Many of the alumni of the last class are continuing to build their startups and will be mentoring teams this time.
Register at http://venturelab.stanford.edu/venture
2- Crash Course on Creativity, Tina Seelig. Starting October 17th.
In this course, Tina Seelig reveals a set of tools and conditions that we each control - our Innovation Engine - that allows us to increase our own creativity and that of our teams and organizations. She shows that just as the scientific method demystifies the process of discovery, there is a formal process for unlocking the pathway to invention.
Register at http://venturelab.stanford.edu/creativity
3- Finance, Kay Giesecke. Starting October 15th.
This class introduces the basic concepts of modern finance and their practical application. Learn about financial markets and securities, how to rank investment alternatives, use different interest rates, immunize a bond portfolio, measure financial risk, and structure a stock portfolio optimally. Apply your learning in a project involving actual security market data.
Register at http://venturelab.stanford.edu/finance
4- Start up Boards. Clint Korver. Starting October 15th.
The class helps you accelerate your startup through hands-on guidance from a board of peers and experts custom-built for your venture. You will learn how the most successful startups seek guidance from the smartest people in their industry to avoid common startup traps.
Register at http://venturelab.stanford.edu/advanced_venture
5- Designing a New Learning Environment, Paul Kim. Starting October 15th.
What constitutes learning in the 21st century? Should reading, watching, memorizing facts, and then taking exams be the only way to learn? Or could technology (used effectively) make learning more interactive, collaborative, and constructive? The ultimate goal of this project-based course is to promote systematic design thinking that will cause a paradigm shift in the learning environments of today and tomorrow.
Register at http://venturelab.stanford.edu/education
All the above classes are offered on Venture Lab (http://venturelab.stanford.edu), a unique platform developed by Stanford faculty Amin Saberi and students with a strong focus on collaboration and experiential learning. In all of the above classes, students form teams and work together on real world projects.
Find more free Stanford courses at http://online.stanford.edu/courses

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