Stanford Assigns Vice Provost of Online Learning

This week, Stanford University announced the appointment of John Mitchell to serve as Vice Provost for Online Learning. This signifies the university is getting serious about the Stanford Online initiative to reach more students around the world and to address the transforming 21st century education system.


John Mitchell is a computer scientist from Stanford’s School of Engineering. MItchell will report to Provost John Etchemendy, who explained how technology can extend learning beyond Stanford’s walls:

“Technology provides ways to both improve our existing classes and to extend our reach. By using technology creatively, we can tap the tremendous teaching talent we have on campus to offer new learning opportunities to millions of people, both in the United States and around the world.”

Stanford will offer approximately fifteen online courses this fall across engineering, math, social science, education and entrepreneurship. Stanford also already offers their courses via the edutech startup, Coursera, which was founded by Stanford professors.