Class2Go: An Online Platform For Teaching And Research

Stanford’s Computer Science Department has launched an online platform which allows professors the flexibility to incorporate other online tools and conduct research as they teach.

The platform called Class2Go  has been developed by a team of eight engineers. Presently, Stanford offers 16 free online courses. And two of them will be available on Class2Go platform from this fall.

 Courses on Class2Go

The two courses which will be available on Class2Go are:

Stanford is planning to offer more courses like nanotechnology and class in Music and Acoustics on this platform from winter and spring session.

How Class2Go  Is Different

Class2Go stands out from other online platforms because:

  • It is open source: Anyone who wants to can collaborate and use the platform.
  • It is non-profit: The non-proprietary format of Class2Go means that course assets – videos, reading assignments, slides, tests, etc. – belong to the professor, not to the platform. In other words, professors will not be tied to Class2Go.
  • It is portable: Documents on Class2Go are portable. Class2Go has followed the model of Khan Academy, so that its exercises and problem sets can be used elsewhere. You can even access course video on YouTube.
  • Designed for teaching as well as research: Unlike other platforms, Class2Go is designed for both teaching as well as research.

Stanford is unique among universities in that it is offering online courses on more than one platforms, Class2Go being the latest one.

Presently, courses ranging from cryptography to science writing, technology entrepreneurship, finance and a crash course in creativity are available on Venture Lab and Coursera .

Each platform has its own distinct features and capabilities, among them video lectures, discussion forums, peer assessment, problem sets, quizzes and team projects.

Adapted From: Stanford launches Class2Go, an open-source platform for online classes

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