Stanford is offering a free online video course on creating apps for the iPhone and iPad. This time, participants will have their questions answered by course instructors (“course captains”) and by their fellow online learners. This peer-to-peer social feature is a first for Stanford online courses.It is also a first for any course hosted on iTunes U, which will once again carry the iPhone/iPad course.
The course will run June 25 to Aug. 27. Registration opens June 19 and ends July 6.
The new social media aspect of the course builds on a technology many students already use: Piazza, a social learning platform. Stanford students taking the classroom version of Paul Hegarty’s programming course, on which the online course is based, have used Piazza.
Earlier versions of the 10-week apps course have proved enormously popular, with individual lecture videos downloaded more than 10 million times.