We are transforming learning together.

Read why.

Profound change is imminent and it's exciting.

The Information Age is dramatically altering how students learn, what they need to learn, and how they engage with the world.
Pedagogical Change: What is it and why now?

We must improve the principles and practices of teaching and learning.

Digital technology has dramatically and permanently altered many aspects of human activity, including communication, accumulation and analysis of information, organizational behavior, politics, and some of the very processes by which we think and learn.

The future of education will not be defined by simply transferring today’s courses and programs into a pedagogically identical form online. Rather, it will be the defined by new learning delivery systems and innovative curricula such as moving from a physical campus to a hybrid physical/virtual campus which includes technology-enhanced classrooms, digital platforms and tools for residential students, and a cornucopia of ways to engage digitally regardless of physical location.

QUESTION: How can we advance pedagogy and learning?

Opportunity is now. Our obligation is urgent.

Tomorrow’s student will benefit from a modern liberal education and the democratization of knowledge.
2050 9.772 bn
2040 9.210 bn
2030 8.501 bn
2020 7.758 bn
2010 6.958 bn
2000 6.145 bn
1990 5.331 bn
1980 4.458 bn
1970 3.701 bn
1960 3.033 bn
Tomorrow’s Students: What do they look like?

We must prepare for future learners. For lifelong learners.

The lives and needs of our students will mutate in a rapidly evolving digital world that blurs the lines between formal education and informal learning. Increasing value will be placed on cognitive skills, adaptability, global awareness, cultural sensitivity, and lifelong learning.

The widespread availability of too much information means that learning requires active student engagement. Schools/universities must shift from teaching to learning.

Because of its power and cost, residential experiences will be used strategically in combination with off-campus preparation, periods of site-specific immersive learning, and digitally mediated engagement with peers and mentors away from campus.

QUESTION: How can we equip learners on campus and beyond?

Combined, residential, digital and experiential learning will connect and shape future learners.

The 21st century research university has a unique role to play.
They have a responsibility to discover what we don't yet know,
and to share that knowledge in service to the world.

You can make the difference.

Together we can shape the future of learning. Collaborate. Develop new tools. Create new learning environments. Embrace technology-driven research. Encourage lifelong learning.
Global Engagement: The who is you.

The research university has an obligation to disseminate knowledge to the world.

As we build plans for the future, we recognize the changing nature of the higher education landscape.

What stands out is the responsibility we have to be a generous provider of educational opportunity and facilitate efforts to share Stanford’s research knowledge and specialized expertise broadly through new models of learning and engagement.

QUESTION: How can we disseminate knowledge to the world?

Experiment. Evolve. Educate. Together.

The success of our collective efforts is the result of iteration. In our virtual Learning Design Lab and in our Learning Design Practice, ideas, strategies, and hypotheses are piloted, then evaluated. What we learn then informs the next round of iteration. Pilot. Practice. Learn. Repeat. A transformation takes place and successful concepts are put into practice.
VPTL Services & Key Product: We have a process.

The Learning Design Lab

The Learning Design Lab is a virtual place of ideation. Faculty are encouraged to pitch new ideas seeking VPTL funding, and together we move through a process of iterative experimentation. Outcomes are assessed and successful concepts are put into practice.

The Learning Design Practice

The Learning Design Practice hosts both a suite of services and recommended practices for a variety of topics under the umbrella of teaching and learning. The suite of recommended practices is an ever- evolving set of well-researched, well-documented approaches for reshaping the student experience.

Stanford Online

As a part of VPTL, Stanford Online provides learning opportunities to the public in conjunction with many of the university’s schools and departments. Through free online courses, graduate and professional certificates, advanced degrees, and executive education programs, we are facilitating extended and meaningful engagement with Stanford faculty and their research, for learners of different ages, regions, and backgrounds throughout many stages of their lives and careers.


It’s our mission.

VPTL’s service mission is to help Stanford build its future as a global research university through the collaborative transformation of learning.

Join Us. See How.

Questions that Guide our Work

How can we help Stanford...

1 Advance Pedagogy and Learning?
How might we increase the effectiveness of teaching and co-creation of knowledge to help make teaching vibrant and informative for both instructors and students?

2 Equip Tomorrow's Students?
How might we best use student perspectives and learning behavior data to prepare current and future students with the tools and knowledge they need for a lifetime of learning?

3Disseminate Knowledge to the World?
How can we be a generous provider of educational opportunity and facilitate efforts to share Stanford’s research knowledge and specialized expertise broadly, through new models of learning and engagement?

In the near term, we have also established Areas of Strategic Focus that act as signposts of further concentration under which programs, projects, and services can be created to continually move the dial closer to answering these Guiding Questions. It is only through collaborative endeavors that we seek to develop projects so that near term strategic focus areas and ultimately, larger aspirations, can be realized. View Inspirational Projects