John Mitchell : 2012 Plenary Session


Monday, April 2, 2012
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Stanford Perspectives on Online Education: A Campus Without Borders?"
4:30pm - 5:00pm


Recent advances in interactive video, automated assessment, social networking, and collaboration software provide new opportunities for using technology in education, on campus and off campus. One appealing option on campus is the "flipped classroom," in which lecture material is presented outside of class through interactive video, and in-person class meetings are used for interactive activities. This winter, Stanford University introduced five free online classes, following a successful pilot last fall that drew more than 350,000 participants around the world. Further experiments are likely. At this point, there are more questions than answers, but very few doubt that evolving technology will change education at all levels.


John Mitchell is the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the Stanford Computer Science Department. His research in computer security focuses on trust management, privacy, security analysis of network protocols, and web security. He has also worked on programming language analysis and design, formal methods, and other applications of mathematical logic to computer science. Prof. Mitchell is currently involved in the multi-university PORTIA research project to study privacy concerns in databases and information processing systems, and the NSF TRUST Center.