Stanford University's online education initiative is providing seed grants to professors for developing new online courses.
In response to a call for proposals, more than 40 Stanford faculty members recently outlined plans for innovation in online learning. "It's been a grassroots phenomenon, which really reflects Stanford's tradition of innovation and creativity," says professor John Mitchell.
The proposals cover a wide range of topics, including gender in science, solar cells, head and neck anatomy, public health, and organizational analysis. The faculty will use the grants to experiment with new models of teaching and to conduct research to determine which methods work best.
"These exciting proposals from across the university show that many members of the faculty are interested in trying new teaching methods and using technology to improve their classes," Mitchell says. "Students really know how to use social networking platforms to spread new ideas and think collectively, so bringing this dimension into learning, and combining it with face-to-face interaction, can generate a lot of excitement."
From Stanford Report (CA)
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