The Stanford SEE Open Programs – A Historic Milestone


If you read HNews or follow the Y Combinator companies, you’ve probably heard about the new open Stanford Engineering programs. Recently, I got my confirmation email from SEE for the Artificial Intelligence class (  These experiment in higher education will take the world by surprise and prepare a new generation of “self-actualized” leaders.

Course Details

A bold experiment in distributed education, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” will be offered free and online to students worldwide from October 10th to December 18th 2011. The course will include feedback on progress and a statement of accomplishment. Taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, the curriculum draws from that used in Stanford’s introductory Artificial Intelligence course. The instructors will offer similar materials, assignments, and exams.


You are enrolling for the online version of Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. The course runs from the 10th of October through the 18th of December, 2011. Enrollment will be open until the 9th of October.

Due to its popularity, we will be offering this class in two tracks:

  • the basic track – in which you watch lectures and answer basic quizzes. This is not the full course. But you will still learn all the basics of AI.
  • the advanced track – is the full class, which aspires to be of Stanford difficulty. You do homework assignments and take exams.

In both cases, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by both of us (Peter and Sebastian) upon completion of this course. If you enroll for the advanced track now, you can always switch back to the basic track.

For the advanced track only: Please make sure you have time to do the homework assignments and to participate in the exams. The exams will be offered within a 24 hour period around Nov 19/20 (midterm exam) and Dec 17/18 (final exam). Please make sure you are available during those days. The actual exams will only take 4 hours and there is flexibility when you start the exam within these dates, but once you begin you must complete the exam in 4 hours. See the full course schedule.

Other courses

Stanford’s Introduction to Databases and Introduction to Machine Learning are also available online this fall

Stanford University’s School of Engineering also offers other complete online courses at no cost. Click here to access Stanford Engineering Everywhere.