Free online courses by Stanford

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Be it math to quantum mechanics, Stanford is offering free online courses on edX.

By U2B Staff 

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It can cost a whopping US$78,218 a year to attend Stanford University, one of America’s most prestigious and top-ranked institutions. The price might make some balk, but here’s some welcome news for those who currently can’t afford to fork out a large sum to upgrade their skills. Stanford is offering free online courses on edX, with courses ranging from the humanities to medicine to cater to a diverse range of interests.

Stanford has a history of producing some successful alumni, some of which include Gap co-founder Doris Fisher and Former President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton. 


You can get a taste of Stanford via their online courses. Students can also pay to get a certificate of completion to add to their résumé upon successful completion of their free online course.

Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers 1

Do you have some college-level understanding of physical science or engineering? 

The concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics are not limited to physicists, chemists and other basic scientists — it is also essential in many areas of engineering and science such as materials science, nanotechnology, electronic devices, and photonics, making it a useful area of study.

This nine-week course is a substantial introduction to quantum mechanics and how to use it. It is specifically designed to be accessible not only to physicists but also to students and technical professionals over a wide range of science and engineering backgrounds.

The course is free, but you can add a Verified Certificate for US$149.

Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 1

If you have some programming experience, this course is an ideal introduction to algorithms. “Algorithms are the heart of computer science, and the subject has countless practical applications as well as intellectual depth,” notes edX. 

The specialisation is rigorous but emphasises the big picture and conceptual understanding over low-level implementation and mathematical details. You can expect to practice and master the fundamentals of algorithms through several types of assessments.  

After completing this specialization, you will be well-positioned to ace your technical interviews and speak fluently about algorithms with other programmers and computer scientists.

The course is six-weeks long; you can add a Verified Certificate for US$149.


COVID-19 Training for Healthcare Workers

If you’re a doctor or a healthcare professional who wants to develop a better understanding of how you can care for patients during a pandemic, this course is designed to give you the critical information to provide the best care for patients. 

Some of the topics include symptoms and signs in patients with COVID-19, early stabilisation of patients, prevention of the need for intubation, and ventilator management of patients. There are also simple infographics for providers to utilise within their care facilities to educate and promote optimal care across their entire institution.

The programme takes approximately two weeks to complete and you can add a Verified Certificate for US$10.

Designing Your Career

Are you currently feeling “stuck” in your career, and feel unsure about what to do to get from where you are to where you’d like to be?

This short module is structured to help you take practical steps toward designing your career. 

The course uses a design thinking approach to help people of any age and academic background develop a constructive and effective approach to designing their vocation. This course has five career-oriented vocational wayfinding concepts, illustrated through videos and expanded through personal reflections and exercises.

This is a non-linear course, which means you can feel free to jump around the modules. You can also get a Verified Certificate for US$50.


How to Learn Math: For Students

Do numbers make your heart palpitate? Are you filled with a sense of dread the moment you’re expected to look at charts and graphs and make sense of numbers?

If you’ve always struggled with math, you’ll probably know that you can’t always escape math in life. 

This self-paced course is ideal for learners of all levels of mathematics. This class will give learners of math the information to become powerful math learners, correct any misconceptions about what math is, and will teach them about their own potential to succeed.

It takes six weeks to complete and there are no prerequisites for this course.