Learning Innovation

Learning Innovation

SCPD has been a pioneer of learning innovation since our inception in 1995, and we continually work to ensure that Stanford stays at the forefront of technological and pedagogical innovation.

Our cross-functional team of educational technologists, instructional designers, software developers, and educational media producers is here to help you utilize the latest pedagogy and technology to enhance the effectiveness of your teaching, improve the learner experience, and extend learning opportunities to diverse global audiences.

If you are looking for an innovative solution to a learning or teaching challenge at Stanford, we would love to discuss it with you. We prioritize projects that:

  • Expand access to Stanford ideas, research, content, and courses
  • Benefit Stanford and global communities
  • Enhance the learning experience for our academic and professional learners
  • Leverage the latest digital technologies for use in engineering and STEM education
  • Tackle common challenges for Stanford teaching teams, such as running effective online problem-solving sessions

Our Current Projects Include:

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User Experience

We work collaboratively with University IT to enhance the user experience in credit-bearing courses and improve student course evaluation, with a focus on courses offered through the School of Engineering.

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Video Blurring for Anonymization

The video blur project enables auto-scrubbing of faces from course lectures for compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Using Machine Learning algorithms, the technology enables us to anonymize students in a recorded classroom lecture. As opposed to the slow, time-consuming effort of manual video scrubbing, our automated system allows us to quickly turn-around the reuse of recorded lectures. The integration of video blur technology with Panopto will help enable students to review previously-offered classes with fewer restrictions.

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Cloud Solutions

We are continuously evolving our technology to improve the learner experience. Our infrastructure is based on the latest industry standards built on both cloud-based and on-prem solutions. With the implementation of serverless technology, we are moving toward socially responsible and economically sustainable technology with integrated systems.

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Zoom integration

In support of Stanford’s Academic Continuity initiative, we are working on integrating Zoom and other online collaborative tools with Canvas to enhance our distance education experience.

Past Project Highlights:

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Digital MEdIC App

SCPD and the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE) collaborated on the development of the cloud-based Digital Medic app for iOS and Android. The app helps facilitate the dissemination of evidence-based health education that provides people with the knowledge they need to improve their own health outcomes. The app has been used in under-resourced communities in India and Africa. Visit the site

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The ClassX platform, a digital library of engineering content, features fully-searchable short video segments of Stanford Engineering lectures. Students can create and watch customized video playlists to improve their understanding of core competencies and prerequisites. Visit the site

Stanford Engineering Everywhere

Stanford Engineering Everywhere

SCPD created and maintains Stanford Engineering Everywhere, which offers free publicly available courses, highlighting SCPD’s commitment to equity in education. Visit the site

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Canvas Integrations

Our work to integrate applications such as Panopto, Poll Everywhere, and Gradescope with Canvas have improved the online and face-to-face classroom experiences of Stanford students.

Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics

Our team has piloted several projects to help improve learning using Data Lake, Tableau visualizations, and other analytic tools.

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Learning Management System (LMS)

We are dedicated to improving the user experience in our Professional Education courses and have created for your use a fully customized and branded LMS based on Moodle. Our personalized user interface incorporates features such as progress tracking, interactive video transcripts, and H5P (an HTML5-based tool for interactive online learning). We have also developed a unique set of tailored tools, optimized for mobile learning, to help enhance the learner experience. Visit the site