Online education gets real. The view from Stanford

When it comes to innovation in learning, particularly MOOCs, it’s probably safe to say that Stanford takes the cake.
– Rip Empson, TechCrunch, Apr. 3, 2013

John MitchellEvery time I get to go back to Stanford, I have something to look forward to. This week, during the STARS Volunteer Leadership Assembly, it’ll be the talk by Engineering professors John Mitchell (pictured), Vice Provost for Online Learning, and Tina Seelig, Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, titled “Hot Topic: Leading the Way in Online Education”. And a hot topic it is indeed. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman gushes over the transformational potential of online education (read articles here and here). Stanford President John L. Hennessy – a big believer in online technology – is discussing the future of education with alumni everywhere on his 18-city global tour, Stanford+Connects (and I look forward to the Paris meeting in September). Online technology makes star teachers massively more accessible for our children, and may well make the promise of lifelong education come true for my generation. Did I ever tell you how proud I am to be a Stanford alumna? Oh yes I did. I really am.