How is Worldview Stanford different from other online course providers like Coursera or edX?
How is Worldview Stanford different from business school executive education programs?
Why did Stanford establish Worldview?
How much does a program cost and what’s included?
Can anyone enroll in a Worldview program?
When will I know if my application to attend a program has been accepted?
Can I receive Stanford University credit for Worldview Stanford courses?
What kinds of experts will I meet/interact with?
How long do I have access to the online materials?
Can I share the materials with my team?
Will I have homework, quizzes, or assignments?
Will the instructor be available to respond to questions throughout the program?
Online education is exploding. Worldview Stanford differs from most current models, especially in terms of how the content is designed and delivered. Most of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) started as undergraduate courses, and feature sequential videotaped lectures by a professor, as well as assignments and tests. MOOCs are delivered to hundreds or thousands of students at a time, often based on a set schedule over the course of a semester. Worldview Stanford programs, in contrast, are tailored to the needs of busy decision makers. The online component is six weeks long and provides multi-media content from multiple disciplines and perspectives. Participants direct their own learning—any time, to any depth, and on any device. And Worldview programs are not just online; each includes an immersive, campus-based experience that allows you to interact in person with experts and a small group of other participants.
Executive education programs are excellent sources of management and leadership training for professionals at all levels. Typically intensive, face-to-face, multi-day sessions featuring lectures, case studies, and exercises, they are designed to achieve mastery of critical skills. Worldview Stanford is different, but complementary; we promote the flexible exploration of complex, “contextual” issues, dynamics, and tools through an interdisciplinary lens to inform decisions.
Worldview Stanford builds on Stanford University's leadership in interdisciplinary research and online learning and was launched in 2013 by Stanford's President and the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. Worldview rides the exciting wave of innovation in online learning—a Stanford priority—in addition to bringing participants to campus for a unique experience. Much of our content is drawn from the groundbreaking insights and research produced by more than 25 interdisciplinary centers and institutes across campus, where relevant, real-world challenges and solutions are studied. By engaging decision makers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations, Worldview extends Stanford’s educational mission and helps strengthen the university’s value to and relationships with current and future leaders.
Most programs are priced in the $4,000-$6,000 range with discounts available for government and non-profit participants and members of the Stanford Alumni Association. Discounts for early registrants are also provided.
The program price—and what it includes—is largely determined by the duration and features of the multi-day learning experience, which takes place on the Stanford campus in Northern California. Please check the brochure and the session webpage for specific details on what is covered, as well as information on nearby airports and hotels (Northern California).
For programs that involve a visit to Stanford’s California campus, all events, materials, and most meals are included. Airfare, hotel, and ground transportation to and from the hotel are not included. Hotel accommodations at special Worldview rates are available at local hotels. Stanford University’s bus fleet—the “Marguerite”—also provides free, regularly scheduled, round-trip service from stops near the hotel to campus.
Enrollment is open to professionals who make and shape strategic decisions within organizations. We require an application in order to ensure that we have a diverse mix of business, government, and non-profit participants in each program.
Once you have applied to a Worldview program, you will be notified of your status within two weeks.
The application deadline may be extended if spaces are still available. If the program is already filled, then you may have the option of joining a waiting list. We will notify you if a space becomes available.
Because our programs are limited to 35-45 participants, we strongly encourage early applications and provide an early registration discount.
Course participants may receive 2 hours of credit from Stanford University Continuing Studies upon successful completion of the course. Designate your credit/no credit choice on your Worldview registration form. To receive course credit, you must be active both online and on-campus: 1) prior to coming to Stanford for the onsite session, post at least three comments, questions, or resources related to the course content in the online Forum; and 2) participate fully in all of the on-campus sessions. Business-related phone calls and meetings must not conflict with the program agenda.
You may request either paper or electronic transcripts and you must provide your date of birth. All transcripts are official. The first five Continuing Studies transcripts are available free of charge; additional copies are available for a charge of $10 per transcript. Students may order electronic transcripts in PDF format; these will be processed and emailed within 7 business days of the onsite conclusion of the course. Electronic transcripts are official documents and are validated via the digital signature and certification by Stanford. Paper transcript requests are processed and mailed within 3-4 weeks after your program at Stanford. Please allow an additional 5 business days for delivery of domestic mail and 15-20 business days for international delivery.
Throughout the entire program, you will be exposed to perspectives and commentary from Stanford and external experts across many disciplines. When you come to Stanford, you will meet some of these experts in person as well as post-docs and students who are conducting research. Please see individual experience pages for specific examples.
Participants will be able to access the program materials for six weeks before coming to campus and six weeks afterwards.
Most program materials are developed by Worldview and are available to download and share. Some materials from our programs, such as TED Talks or Radiolab podcasts, are available for free online from other sources. We also license other content explicitly for participants during the program; and these materials are not available for download or sharing.
Worldview Stanford learning experiences do not have assignments, quizzes or exams. The goal of our programs is exploration and deeper thinking, not mastery of content.
Worldview Stanford’s programs are not “taught” in the conventional sense—instead the content is framed and curated by an interdisciplinary advisory committee of experts. Rather than having lectures from one or two professors, Worldview programs feature commentary by more than a dozen Stanford experts as well as videos, podcasts, articles, reports, and books by others beyond Stanford. During the online portion of the each program, you will have opportunities to ask questions in the forum, and when you come to Stanford, you can dive deeper in person.