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Online Education in Support of Career Development Dr. Andy DiPaolo Executive Director, SCPD Senior Associate Dean, School of Engineering “ Motorola no longer wants to hire engineers with a four- year degree. Instead, we want our employees to have a 40-year degree.”

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Online Education in Support of Career Development

Dr. Andy DiPaolo

Executive Director, SCPD

Senior Associate Dean, School of Engineering


“Motorola no longer wants to hire engineers with a four- year degree. Instead, we want our employees to have a 40-year degree.”

Christopher Galvin

President and CEO of Motorola


“What our engineers and managers are saying is that the demands of their jobs are such that they can’t get away from work. Since they are working 60 hours a week, any education they get has to be at their convenience and available online .”

Manager of Engineering Education


where are we headed
Where are we headed?
  • Access to learning independent of:

• Time • Economic status • Distance • Physical disability

  • Move instruction, not people to:

• Save time • Enhance teaching

• Lower cost • Improve learning

• Offer accessibility • Provide choice

Access to learning independent of time and distance.
  • Convenience and flexibility with a range of course and program delivery options and multiple avenues for learning.
A choice of synchronous, asynchronous, and blended delivery options.
  • Well-designed, engaging, intellectually challenging and continuously updated courses which facilitate the transfer of learning to application.

A wide range of online degree, certification and credentialing options.

  • Emphasis on active, goal-oriented, scenario-based learning using real, vivid and familiar examples. “Learning pull” vs “teacher push” preferred.
Short modules which can be bundled into an interactive learning experience.
  • Reliable delivery to any internet platform with consistent navigation and 24/7 technical support.

Provisions for tele-advising, tele-coaching and tele-mentoring.

  • Participation in a “connected learning community” by active engagement with instructors, tutors, peers and experts.
Access to providers with established brand names representing quality, competency, reputation and a recognized customer base.
  • To customize the learning activity based on personal experience and assessment of knowledge gaps.
To control the scope, sequence and pacing of learning.
  • To sample courses and review evaluations before registering.
  • World-wide access to information and the training to find it.
To collaborate by working in geographically dispersed learning groups.
  • Outstanding e-support for student services with a focus on “student as customer.”
Continuous, prompt, and meaningful forms of feedback.
  • Competitive pricing.
  • Ongoing educational renewal with commitment from providers to support continuous learning.

“Allowing adults to learn at a time, place and pace that is convenient for them would substantially expand their access to the skills that are required to compete for high wage jobs. This is the most compelling argument for expanding online learning opportunities.”

Thomas Kalil

Senior Director

White House Economic Council

bridging stanford and industry
Bridging Stanford and Industry

Stanford UniversityCurriculum

Industry Education

Academic Programs

Professional Education

stanford center for professional development
Stanford Center for Professional Development
  • Collaborates with Stanford faculty and industry experts
  • Delivers academic and professional education programs to technical professionals, managers, and executives.
scpd academic offerings
SCPD Academic Offerings
  • Part-time Master’s Degree - Honors Cooperative Program
  • Graduate credit courses - Non-Degree Option
  • Academic certificates
  • Audit Program

SCPD Professional Education Offerings

  • Non credit short courses
  • Certificate programs
  • Course licensing
  • Research seminars
  • Custom programs
  • Courselets
scpd delivery
SCPD Delivery
  • Five TV channels
  • Satellite
  • Two-way video
  • On-campus
  • Blended approaches

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  • Stanford Instructional TV Network
  • Stanford Online
  • Videotape
  • Multimedia
  • Online
  • On-site
stanford online vision
Stanford Online Vision

To make Stanford’s rich intellectual content accessible and convenient, addressing the educational needs of today’s dynamic and mobile student.

stanford online
Stanford Online
  • Delivers academic and professional education courses worldwide.
  • Pioneered at Stanford, became recognized model.
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Stanford Online
  • Over 1200 online courses since 1997.
  • Courses updated quarterly to maintain currency.
  • Approach is transparent to faculty.
  • Provides 24/7 technical support.
  • Online learning attracts professionals who would not otherwise have taken courses.
  • Convenience and choice is critical for busy professionals.


  • Best for motivated, disciplined, self-directed, mature students.
  • Learning community interaction is important.
  • Overall, online students report a very positive experience.
  • Significant benefit for campus students.
  • Blended model with mix of online and face-to-face proving to be a success.
scpd annual online learning delivered to industry
SCPD Annual Online Learning Delivered to Industry
  • 250 credit courses leading to Master’s degrees and academic certificates.
  • 40 research seminars.
  • 50 professional education courses.
  • 10,000 new program hours annually in digital form.
It’s here! Online education has been successfully implemented- with mixed elements of hype and reality- and its continued evolution in all sectors around the world is irreversible.

Online education - as the intersection of learning activities, learning resources and enterprise systems - recognized as an essential function of universities and corporations involved in educating engineers, scientists and managers.


Minimal distinction between on-site and off-site students through networked learning communities.

  • Focus of online education shifts from teaching to learning with students having more control.
Education and training organizations not rooted in time and place. Learning accessible from anywhere and available at all times via personal, portable, unified appliances. The future is M-learning!
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”


“Rethinking the Future”


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For additional information:
  • Andy DiPaolo

(650) 725-3000

  • Stanford Center for Professional Development


Online Education in Support of Career Development

Dr. Andy DiPaolo

Executive Director, SCPD

Senior Associate Dean, School of Engineering