Big Ideas Fest Videos

Prototyping for Engagement: From Online Classes to Online Communities


Farnaz Ronaghi, co-founder and Director of Engineering at NovoEd, designed and developed the Venture Lab platform at Stanford University while a PhD student. Venture Lab was a difficult design challenge for which she prototyped technical solutions for enabling beneficial peer collaboration among tens of thousands of students around the globe enrolled in an online Stanford entrepreneurship class. The venture lab, designed for students to find teams, work together on startup business ideas and get feedback from peers as well as mentors, informed her ongoing work toward personalizing learning through the use of technology.  Licensed by ISKME under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.