University of California, Riverside


headshot of Frank Vahid Frank Vahid Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Topics: Online Education

Languages Spoken: English

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Tel: 951-827-4710

Media Contact: Sarah Nightingale
Tel: (951) 827-4580


Frank Vahid is a professor of computer science and engineering at the Bourns College of Engineering.

On Online Education

Vahid developed an introduction to computer science class for the University of California Online project. It was offered for the first time in 2013. He has called the University of California Online initiative and online education in general, including massive open online courses (MOOCs), “long overdue.” He believes traditional college classes, especially lower-division courses, commonly involve too much duplication of effort, while requiring students to fight traffic to arrive at expensive buildings only to passively listen to content that could be more effectively delivered online.

On Homeschooling

Vahid is the co-author of the book “Homeschooling: A Path Rediscovered for Socialization, Education, and Family.” His wife and he homeschooled their three kids. He believes that homeschooling provides a beneficial path of raising a child for many families, including better socialization via more diverse and natural experiences, better education via individualized pacing and topic selection and better family life via a tailored schedule and an appropriate family and friends balance.