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.
National Distance Learning Week Events
Arts & Sciences Online Learning's celebration of National Distance Learning Week
Please save the Date(s) for Arts & Sciences Online Learning's celebration of National Distance Learning Week (November 10th - 14th):
Monday 11/10 - 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Online Learning Studio Open House. Visit the Arts & Sciences Online Learning studio and learn about the latest credit online courses, massive open online courses, digital learning projects, and more. @ 3624 Market Street, Suite 5W (5th Floor)
Tuesday 11/11 - 10:00 - 11:30 am - Teaching Online for Credit and in Coursera. A panel discussion featuring Dr. Carol Muller (Music and Africa Center) and Dr. Peter Struck (Classics), Dr. Ed Dixon (German and Penn Language Center), moderated by Dr. Peter Decherney (English and Cinema Studies) @ Kislack Center, Van Pelt Library (6th Floor)
Wednesday 11/12 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Reflections on Revolutionary Ideas. A discussion with Dr. Alex Guerrero (Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Health Policy) and students from his recent massive open online course (MOOC). Online @ right here at www.sas.upenn.edu/onlinelearning
Thursday 11/13 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Teaching and Learning Online: Roundtable Discussion in Adobe Connect with Dr. Kristine Rabberman (Director of Academic Affairs for PLE) and her students. Experience Adobe Connect, a frequently used platform for synchronous online classes, and participate in a discussion about the experience and advantages of taking classes online at Penn. Join at https://pennlps.adobeconnect.com/demo
Friday 11/14 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Structured, Active, In-Class Learning (SAIL) panel feat. Dr. Rogers Smith (Political Science), Dr. Rebecca Stein (Economics), Dr. Cathy Turner (Center for Teaching and Learning and English) moderated by Dr. Julie McGurk (Center for Teaching and Learning and Biological Basis of Behavior) @ Active Learning Classroom 208 in the ARCH (2nd Floor)
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
Penn Arts & Sciences MOOCs
Arts & Sciences MOOCs are open at various times throughout the year.
Past and Current Offerings: