Stanford Offers Its Popular iPhone And iPad App Development Course For Free On iTunes U



The 21st century is the first time in history that you’ve been able to go to college without actually enrolling. Stanford is offering its popular iOS app development course for free in iTunes U.

The most up to date version of the course on developing for iOS 5 is available, and any iTunes customer can download class lectures and presentation slides.

From the Stanford University website:

Online learners hear the same lectures as classroom students, but do not get Stanford credit or access to instructors.

Instructor Paul Hegarty attributes the course popularity to the appeal of Apple products and the instant gratification of creating apps for mobile devices. “There’s something about developing for the iOS platform that’s really exciting and fun because it runs on devices that everybody has in their purses or pockets, ” he said.

“There aren’t a lot of courses you can take that when you get to the end, to your final project, you can take it out of your pocket and show your friends.”

The course from Stanford focuses on topics like “iCloud, streamlined notifications and wireless syncing” in its latest incarnation. The basics of iOS app development are not covered in the course, so you have to already know Objective-C if you hope to learn anything.

Stanford students that take the course have already been through a year of computer science classes and object-oriented programming. You can take Stanford’s two prerequisite courses on iTunes U as well: Programming Methodology and Programming Abstractions.

Courses are available in both HD and SD video.

These development courses from Stanford have already been viewed over 10 million times.

  • john

    please spell the name of the school right in your title

  • dave

    Maybe you guys should start editing your articles. I have an idea to get you going: just start with the TITLE of the article.

  • Patrickwoz

    Stanford I’d not in the ivy league, they are in the PAC -12.

  • Jdavenport86

    I can’t beleive the magnitude of this post is veing overshadoweded by a couple of typos. What a bunch of smug douchebafs.

  • GJNilsen

    I dont see whats new here. This course has been available a couple of years already. Its just another season, right?

  • Leon Lin

    Probably because your writing is incoherent as it is. The article goes beyond mere typos, incorrectly reporting details about the course it covers as well. Having taken the actual course at Stanford as a student, I can tell you that it does indeed start from the very basics of Objective-C – no experience necessary. 

  • Admlostsailor

    Tree’s suck!  GO Bears!

  • Iris

    This is what comes from typing on phone keyboards.  Suddenly anything is acceptable.  And it is not trivial – it conveys a rather casual attention to details, as another commenter posted.

  • warrengonline

    I’ve been watching it since last year. I thought they were talking about something new.

  • Honyant

    I see what you did there.

  • GuestMan

    a) you misspelled “Stanford” in the title
    b) it is not an Ivy League school – Ivy League is only in the Northeast

    seriously guys.  come on.
    but yes, offering that course free on iTunes U is pretty sweet.

  • Yasaswy Nagavolu

    Dude.. been using Paul’s videos since an yr.. too late to the news

  • cassandralite

    Standford?  Hmm–oh, right, that’s near Palto Alo.  And I did see some ivy once, but it was where your brains are supposed to be. 

    What a dolt you are, Alex.  In what possible way can anyone who reads this blog ever again believe a single sentence you write? 

  • Marc

    Can someone please tell me which course is the CS107?

  • Marc

    Could anyone tell me which course to download on Itunes U to get CS107?
    Thx a lot

  • GJNilsen

    The earlier courses where more interesting and better, in my oppinion. I think the guy lecturing now goes too quick through the material, and is a bit boring.

  • GJNilsen

    CS107 is not on iTunes U

  • Guest

    Does not open in The Netherlands.

  • Sam

    Yes it is. Search for “Programming Paradigms”. 

  • GJNilsen

    my bad

  • Bdavis34

    Respectfully, the article does describe the course “in its latest incarnation” of which you likely did not attend. Therefore, the authors details of the course may, in fact, be accurate.

  • warrengonline

    Yeh, me too, which is why I quit watching it. I just went to programming in flash and testing in Photon on my iPad2 and iPod Touch. I was looking at the Developer Toy on the iTunes AppStore. It looks interesting and more hands on. I’m going easy and just trying to make a simple noise maker with some animations. Also, have you tried It is great. Not much coding needed, limitations? Ehh, so far only apps for practical use – social sites, photo galleries, office-like duties. Not really games.

  • warrengonline

    Yeh, me too, which is why I quit watching it.  I just went to
    programming in flash and testing in Photon on my iPad2 and iPod Touch.  I
    was looking at the Developer Toy on the iTunes AppStore.  It looks
    interesting and more hands on.

  • warrengonline

    Also, have you tried 
    It is great.  Not much coding needed, limitations?  Ehh, so far only
    apps for practical use – social sites, photo galleries, office-like
    duties.  Not really games.

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  • Angus Clacher

    That’s cool but have they seen that lets people do it without programming.

  • Sean Brassman

    It’s news to me you smug jerk.

  • Connor Mulcahey

    Yea I watched all these las spring

  • Connor Mulcahey

    I recommend for a great introduction to obj. c

  • cassandralite

    Just for wiping my comment yesterday about your putrid reportorial skills (“Standford” is not an Ivy, not matter how you spell it), I’ll point out that for as long as public colleges and universities have existed in this country (and probably elsewhere), people have been able to AUDIT courses.  Which means they show up in class, sit there, do the coursework (though not get it graded), and learn like everyone else.  In person.  For no credit.

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