Considering taking an online course this summer?
If you are considering taking an online course this summer but aren't sure what to do, visit Penn Summer Online for more information. You can find a complete list of online courses here. If you are instead looking for non-credit classes taught online by Penn faculty, try Coursera, where a number of our faculty offer free coursework.
About our platforms
To deliver a rich, interactive learning experience for students enrolled in its for-credit courses, Online Learning uses Canvas and Adobe Connect.
The homebase for all online courses at the University of Pennsylvania is Canvas. For each fully online course it offers, Online Learning collaborates with faculty to build a unique and robust course homepage within the Canvas learning management system. This course site allows students to hold class discussions in threaded forums, meet virtually through Big Blue Button video conferencing, and submit homework and take exams from the comfort of home.
In Canvas, you will:
- Join your community of Penn colleagues to discuss your program, upcoming events and more.
- Join your classmates in a course site specifically designed to support an online class.
In the Adobe Connect Live Classroom, you will:
- Attend live, synchronous classes and review sessions online
- Chat live with instructors and TAs
- Use messaging, microphones, and/or webcams to communicate with instructors and peers
Before your first class, it's important to test your personal computer's ability to run the Adobe Connect classroom. You can do so here. Once you've confirmed your computer can run Adobe Connect, follow these steps in advance of your first class meeting:
- Log into your Adobe Connect classroom as a guest, using your First and Last names.
- Be sure to have your headset or webcam installed on your computer in advance of class if required for your class.
- Arrive to your class meeting early to confirm your access to the classroom.
For additional help, please see this orientation guide.
Click here for system requirements for Canvas and Adobe Connect. Below, you can watch a presentation on how to use Adobe Connect.
Combined, these two platforms serve the University of Pennsylvania with engaging, rich learning content developed by our outstanding faculty and staff.
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), 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)