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Digital Learning & Course Design

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By leveraging and exploring the affordances of digital tools and technology, VPTL supports the development of projects that serve as catalysts for effective and inspiring transformations in face-to-face, online, and blended learning, and that have broad impact at Stanford and beyond. 

VPTL's comprehensive, multidimensional approach to advancing Digital Learning is driven by robust and iterative collaboration across its specialized teams.

The Design & Innovation group collaborates with faculty throughout Stanford's schools and research centers to spur innovation and develop new and effective digital learning content and activities delivered on campus, or to learners around the world. Specifically, this team provides collaborative instructional design consultation with faculty to design, develop, and deliver online and blended learning experiences.

Serving as a resource center for faculty, instructors and teaching assistants, the Academic Technology Solutions Lab provides consultation and equipment to support the use of technology to improve teaching, learning and research at Stanford.

The Technology & Services group evaluates and supports digital learning environments such as online course delivery platforms. This group runs and builds features for Lagunita, the next-generation open-source learning platform as well as oversees the Canvas learning management system.

The Media Creation and Production team offers a broad range of audio and video services to help faculty create multimedia content. In particular, the team supports and assists instructors in:

  • Evaluating different production styles to meet learning objectives
  • Capturing lectures and learning modules in our studios, in the classroom, and in some cases, in locations on and off campus
  • Editing multimedia content
  • Encoding audio and videos with optimal delivery specifications

To explore the media creation process, please see the Presenting Content Online module of Blended & Online Learning Design, which provides information on types of media production and the shared experience of faculty members.

In addition, VPTL has broad responsibility for designing, operating and sustaining Stanford’s population of about 185 general assignment classrooms and about 100 other technology-rich learning spaces in key central locations (e.g. Lathrop Library, Old Union) and student residences. Our staff;helps faculty find the right spaces on campus for the kind of teaching you want to do, pairing classroom tools and technology with course goals.

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