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Experimenting with Education Technology

This year we began an ambitious effort to invest in education technology infrastructure with the goal of making online and distance education part of the Stanford GSB experience.

These investments provide a fresh approach to learning and teaching that enriches the overall student experience. At the same time, the initiatives support our efforts to enhance our pedagogy, extend our global reach, and build our brand worldwide.

The Highly Immersive Classroom, Enhanced Classroom, and Professor Studio enable synchronous distance education, which is being used by faculty to deliver real-time content to students in Bangalore, Paris, and soon Beijing. Students at Stanford GSB are able to interact with faculty who are lecturing from abroad and engage in lively discussions with fellow students in remote locations. This academic year, 12 faculty members will utilize screencasting, flipped classrooms, or other education technology. Next month, we will offer our first massive open online course (MOOC), with free, open access to the public. The course, The Finance of Retirement and Pensions, led by finance professor Joshua Rauh, will broadcast two 45-minute modules each week for eight weeks.

Education Technology Terms

Flipped Classroom

Online content provided by teachers for students to review before or after class, thereby preserving in-class time for hands-on learning and discussion.


Digital video and audio recording of what occurs on a presenter’s computer screen – used to create sophisticated, information-rich multimedia for students or viewers.


Massive open online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation with free web access. MOOCs provide immediate feedback to questions through automated software and utilize forums for students to collaborate with each other and the instructors.