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Methods for delivery
The ways in which you can deliver materials to students can vary a little, but generally speaking you will use one of four available course platforms: Coursework, Class2Go, Venture Lab, or Coursera. These platforms offer an array of content delivery, assignment, and activity types, and can handle any size course, from the very small to the very big. Unless you have a compelling reason to choose one platform from the outset, we recommend outlining your course first, then consulting with SMILI support staff to find the platform that best suits your goals. Keep reading for more information on choosing a platform.
How to choose a platform
The biggest factor in choosing your platform will likely be whether it will be a public or private course. For private courses, you can use Coursework, Class2Go or Venture Lab, but Class2Go currently uses YouTube to host videos. You can also use Class2Go and Venture Lab to hold parallel and simultaneous courses if you're holding an on campus course and doing the MOOC at the same time. We caution those interested in teaching parallel courses that this is a lot of work.
- Coursework - Stanford's learning management system. Good for materials that are not public.
- OpenEdX - Stanford's massive online course system that can also be used for local courses.
- Coursera - Currently the largest massive open online course (MOOC) community.
- NovoEd - A more recent addition to the MOOC world, with emphasis on team learning.
- SOM YouTube - If you just need to deliver some videos online.
Who can help?
If you are part of the Stanford School of Medicine or Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the SMILI support team can help you plan your project. Please contact us to get started.
There are also other organizations at Stanford who are equipped to help with these projects:
- School of Medicine EdTech (part of SMILI support)
- Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation (SCeMERI - part of SMILI support)
- Vice Provost for Online Learning