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Capstone Experience Design Program

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CTL announces the launch of a new annual program, the Capstone Experience Design (CapED) program, open to all departments and programs conferring undergraduate major degrees.

The inaugural run CapED is scheduled for three consecutive days in June 2022 (exact dates to be determined). 

The capstone project requirement

Starting with the graduating class of 2025, all Stanford undergraduates will be required to complete a capstone project as part of their major. For more information about the capstone requirement, see capstone.stanford.edu.

Capstone projects have been identified as a high-impact educational practice, providing opportunities for students to integrate and apply what they have learned during their major courses of study, strengthen relationships with instructors and mentors, and experience a range of personal and practical benefits.

Capstones may take the form of an honors thesis, senior paper or project, capstone seminar with group or individual projects or a substantial, scaffolded individual project, or other options acceptable to the major department or program.

While some Stanford departments and programs, such as Urban Studies and Bioengineering, currently integrate capstone projects into their curriculum, many Stanford departments and programs do not.

Designing the capstone project

Modeled after CTL’s renowned Course Design Institute (CDI), the CapED program will provide department and program teams a collaborative environment in which to design a capstone project for their majors. Teams will consist of four to six members of the department, including faculty, lecturers, and undergraduate majors.

Participants will apply current research in teaching and learning to design effective and inclusive capstone projects suitable for diverse student majors. Learning goals for CapED participants include:

  • Articulating student learning goals for the capstone project
  • Drafting a capstone curriculum aligned with capstone learning goals and the major curriculum
  • Integrating research-based practices into the capstone curriculum
  • Evaluating capstone design to ensure equity and inclusion for all majors
  • Receiving feedback from mentors in departments/programs with a capstone project

Registration for CapED

Applications will open in Winter quarter 2022 and will require the names and roles (e.g., Associate Professor, undergraduate major, etc.) of all department or program team members to be specified.

For accommodations, questions, or other assistance, please email Kritika Yegnashankaran, Associate Director of Faculty and Lecturer Programs, at kyegnashankaran@stanford.edu