Stanford University has appointed computer scientist John Mitchell its first vice provost for online learning. The appointment is part of a larger Stanford Online initiative that the university said would restructure learning and better position it as a worldwide learning institution.
Mitchell is the Mary and Gordon Crary Family professor in the School of Engineering. President John Hennessy named him chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology in Higher Education earlier this year. The university announced the vice-provost appointment Aug. 30.
Hennessy said the online initiative would reach Stanford students but also lifelong learners throughout the world. Its online presence helps the university take its place amid the global change in social and educational technology by using Web platforms, video technology, social networking, simulation and other tools.
The Stanford Online initiative offers courses taught by Stanford faculty, software designed by and for Stanford faculty, a new website with resources to those involved in online learning, and seed grants. Mitchell also will oversee technical production and communications related to the online learning effort, the university said. The redesigned website will be launched Sept. 21.