The courses site, featuring 160 courses, has gone through an extensive redesign, improving its search functionality. “These free public courses give Stanford faculty an opportunity to contribute to the public good in new ways by sharing their unique expertise and scholarship with a broader audience,” said Andy Saltarelli, senior director of instructional design, evaluation and research with VPTL.
Additionally, the existing collection of MOOCs has become a complementary study resource for some Stanford students on campus. For example, a recent MOOC, called Sports and the University, was used in two undergraduates courses to help prepare students for in-class discussions and provide content for final projects.
Finally, creating MOOCs has given Stanford faculty and instructors an opportunity to explore and advance their teaching on campus.