Stanford Launches iPhone/iPad App Course on iTunesU (with New Peer-to-Peer Learning Features)

Just about everybody these days is developing an app, right? A few lucky coders might see their work up in lights if they act fast.

Apps designed by the first 1,000 developers to register for Stanford’s new online course on iTunesU will be considered for showcasing on the university’s iTunes site.

The course, Coding Together, is based on the popular classroom version taught by Paul Hegarty at Stanford. It covers iOS 5 and focuses on apps for the iPhone and iPad platform. Sign-up ends on July 6 and the course runs until August 27. Lectures from earlier versions of the iTunesU course were incredibly popular. Some were downloaded more than 10 million times. But the new iTunesU course offers some new social networking and learning tools.

Stanford has teamed up with the social learning platform Piazza to enable students to pose questions to course instructors, other students and app developers around the world 24 hours a day. It’s a feature that on-campus Stanford students already have access to, but it’s a first for iTunesU. And it adds a whole new degree of interactivity to the iTunesU course experience.

As of Thursday afternoon, 11,065 students enrolled in the course, with signups continuing in the hundreds per day. And, collaborative study groups have spontaneously popped up all around the world — from Silicon Valley, to Brazil and Germany, to India, China and Bangladesh.

Again, you can find the Coding Together lectures on iTunesU here, and sign up for Piazza’s peer-to-peer learning groups here. We also have 50 more Free Computer Science courses in our collection of 500 Free Courses Online.

Kate Rix is an Oakland-based freelance writer. Check out her work at .

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