Online Credit Courses
Take Online Courses for Credit
Online Learning offers over 30 for-credit, fully online courses per academic year and summer. Courses are open to all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students at the University of Pennsylvania. Students not currently affiliated with Penn are able to register for for-credit, fully online courses by completing the Penn Summer's visiting-student, open-enrollment process. For Online Learning's current and future for-credit, fully-online course offerings, check the course schedule on the right-hand sidebar.
Structure Active Learning into Your Courses
In partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning's Structured, Active, In-class Learning (SAIL) program, Online Learning supports faculty in the "flipping" of their classrooms. Online Learning produces virtual lectures for delivery through Penn's learning management system, Canvas. Rather than simply post lectures online, Online Learning carefully collaborates with professors to tailor their lectures to the unique circumstances of the online environment. This pre-class delivery of custom-made, high-definition lectures opens up the classroom for close interaction with faculty and highly structured exercises that support active learning.
Online Non-Credit Courses
Our open enrollment and custom professional programs are taught by distinguished experts from across the University. Courses are offered in online or hybrid format. More information is available at Executive Development.
Free Courses at Penn Open Learning
Online Learning provides instructional design, pedagogical consulting, and video production for massive open online courses (MOOCs) taught by Arts & Sciences faculty. See all Penn MOOCs at Penn Open Learning.
Online Student Communities
Participate in Ongoing Online Communities
Online Learning hosts and manages Canvas-based communities for students in Liberal & Professional Studies programs. These virtual commuties provide students with a central location to receive updates from program directors, connect with their peers, and interact with institutions and resources around Penn such as the Library. Students in the Pre-Health post-baccalaureate program can access their community here and students in the Earth & Environment Science master's program can access their community here.
Fall, 2014 Classes
Open August 27, 2014 until December 19, 2014.
- MATH 101-601: Algebra & Trigonometry
- MLA 541-640: Academic Writing/Research Design
- MUSC 050-602: World Musics & Cultures
Summer, 2014 Classes
Summer Session: May 27–August 8, 2014
- ANTH 123-900: Communication and Culture
- CINE 116-900: Screenwriting Workshop
- ENVS 655-990: Professional Communication Strategies in Environmental Science and Policy
- GSWS 420-900: Witchcraft and Gender in the Early Modern World
Summer Session I: May 27–July 2, 2014
- ARAB 131-911: Intensive Elementary Arabic I and II
- CHIN 081-980: Beginner Business Chinese I
- CLST 100-910: Greek & Roman Mythology
- ENGL 074-910: Electronic Literature
- ENGL 105-910: Conflict in Print: Civil Rights and Labor Reform in American Literature and Culture
- GRMN 101-910: Elementary German I
- ITAL 110-910: Elementary Italian I
- MATH 104-911: Calculus I
- MUSC 050-911: World Music & Cultures
- PHIL 001-911: Introduction to Philosophy
- PHIL 072-911: Biomedical Ethics
Summer Session II: July 3–August 8, 2014
- CHIN 082-981: Beginner Business Chinese II
- EALC 501-942: MLA Proseminar: Chinese History and Civilization
- ECON 001-922: Introduction to Microeconomics
- ENVS 626-960: The History and Science of Climate change
- GRMN 102-920: Elementary German II
- ITAL 120-920: Elementary Italian II
- MATH 101-920: Algebra & Trigonometry
- MATH 103-921: Introduction to Calculus
- MATH 114-921: Calculus II
- MUSC 051-920: Music of Africa
Summer Special Session
- Writing the University Application Essay
- Running June 2–July 2, 2014
Penn Arts & Sciences MOOCs
Arts & Sciences MOOCs are open at various times throughout the year.
Past and Current Offerings: