At Stanford I never teach the same class twice. One year, I taught how to use online video to persuade people. Another year, my class focused on how social media can promote world peace. And in yet another year, my class was about Facebook apps, and our students persuaded more than 16 million people to install the apps they created. (See the New York Times article.) In 2015, I created a course that was all about getting people to connect more with nature. Very fun. In this course, like all my previous classes, we focused on designing technology solutions to change behavior. In 2017 my course was all about “first steps” in behavior.
My students often do groundbreaking projects, and they continue having impact in the real world after they leave Stanford. (For example, Instagram has influenced the behavior of over 800 million people. The co-founder was a student of mine.)