John C. Mitchell

John Mitchell is the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering, professor of computer science, and (by courtesy) professor of electrical engineering and of education. He is currently engaged in envisioning the future of higher education, studying the future of work, and exploring applications of blockchain technology. Mitchell was previously appointed as Stanford’s inaugural Vice Provost for Online Learning in 2012 and inaugural Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning in 2015. His team worked with more than 500 Stanford faculty members and instructors on over 1,000 online projects for campus or public audiences; transitioned the campus to a new university-wide course evaluation and learning management systems, and initiated the Year of Learning to envision the future of teaching and learning at Stanford and beyond. As co-director of the Lytics Lab, he is working to improve educational outcomes through data-driven research and iterative design. Mitchell’s past research has focused on computer security, network protocols, authorization and access control, web security, and privacy. His first research project in online learning started in 2009, when he and six undergraduate students built Stanford CourseWare, an innovative platform that expanded to support interactive video and discussion. CourseWare served as the foundation for initial flipped classroom experiments at Stanford and helped inspire the first massive open online courses (MOOCs) from Stanford.