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About Stanford Online

Stanford is developing new online course material in order to improve on-campus courses and provide broader public access to exciting learning opportunities.

The engineering team at Stanford's office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning is running and developing on an instance of the OpenEdX platform. More details are in this article.


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FAQs

Has Stanford joined the edX consortium?
No. We're partnering on the open source software.

What browsers are recommended for use with Stanford OpenEdX?
The latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. (The site is currently not optimized for mobile use.)

If I'm a Stanford faculty member, and I'd like to use the platform to host content for an on-campus or public course, who should I get in touch with?
Click here to get in touch

If I'm at another university, and I'd like to find out about using the open source platform, who should I get in touch with?
Click here to get in touch


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Careers

Technology is disrupting higher education. We believe universities can benefit from this if it's done right. Supporting basic education and computer science research is core to what we do. We also believe that universities should be in control of how this space evolves, and that an open-source platform is the best way to do that.

Our engineering team is small and productive: five engineers, one PM, and two course ops staff. We do our own operations and QA. We install several times per week. We like being close to our customers (faculty, staff, students) since that motivates the right kind of innovation. We run a lightweight, mostly-Agile development process with quick daily standups, group planning, and frequent demos. We work on the Stanford Campus.

What we work on is mostly driven by our customers, but we also commit to the core edX platform repo. We collaborate with other OpenEdX adopters, including Google.

 

Software Engineer, Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning

We are hiring an engineer to join Stanford Online's Platform team. Stanford has the best, the biggest, and the most on-line courses on the Internet. This team builds and operates the open-source platform behind many of them. Students on-campus and worldwide learn via our course materials and the online communities they create.

Our technical stack is modern and sane:
- Python/Django, Nginx, Celery
- CSS/SASS, JS/jQuery/CoffeeScript
- Relational (MySQL) and nosql (MongoDB) storage
- Cloud hosted at Amazon: EC2, RDS, S3, ElasticCache
- Jenkins, Gerrit, and Ansible

As an engineer on this team you'd be expected to work across the stack as needed. We are looking for generalists. If you are an engineer who sees technical variety and learning as fun challenges, then join us.

This is a two year fixed term position (100% FTE). The job is on the Stanford Campus, ie. being remote full-time isn't an option. You'll need to successfully pass a background check and show you are eligible to work in the US before coming on board.

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Course Operations Specialist, Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning

The Course Operations Specialist will be responsible for the bedrock of support to teaching staff (instructors and teaching assistants for all of our courses) for all courses using the OpenEdX platform at Stanford. S/he will need to understand the ins and outs of the platform, and effectively communicate this knowledge, both in a one-on-one setting and by creating documentation. S/he will interact directly with faculty across a range of disciplines, to understand their needs and how their material and assessments can be best presented online. This will be an opportunity to interact with world-class faculty, and work with them on implementing best practices for online teaching in their courses.

On the student side, s/he will triage customer support email, create appropriate FAQs, and determine when a student issue really indicates a problem and needs to be escalated. The successful candidate will reproduce student and instructor-reported issues as needed, so that bugs can be crisply defined.

The Course Operations Specialist works as part of the OpenEdX engineering team. S/he must be comfortable acting as the "voice of the customer" in daily and weekly engineering meetings providing insight into faculty and student issues with the platform.

This is a two year fixed term position (100% FTE). The job is on the Stanford Campus, ie. being remote full-time isn't an option. You'll need to successfully pass a background check and show you are eligible to work in the US before coming on board.

Apply Now


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Contact Coursera

Coursera Student Support Center:
http://help.coursera.org/

 

Contact NovoEd

NovoEd Support Center:
support@novoed.com