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 the Provost's Online Learning Initiative.
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.
Teaching and Learning Online
A panel of Penn faculty teaching online in diverse modalities
Friday November 13th
1:00 - 2:30pm
Class of '47 Meeting Room in Houston Hall
A panel of five faculty from four schools, moderated by Peter Decherney, will discuss their experiences with online and hybrid for-credit classes, massive online open courses (MOOCs), and non-credit executive models, including moving across those models and involvement in all aspects of course planning and design. This event is jointly sponsored by Arts & Sciences Online Learning and the Online Learning Initiative (OLI).
- Peter Fader, Wharton
- Carol Muller, Arts & Sciences
- John Puckett, Graduate School of Education
- Connie Scanga, Nursing
- Peter Struck, Arts & Sciences
Spring 2016 Online Courses
- GAFL 652 001 : Financial Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
- GAFL 720 001 : Critical Issues in Public Finance
- DYNM 640 001 : Virtual Collaboration
- GAFL 612 001 : Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
- GEOL 699 690 : Project Design
- ITAL 101 602 : Italian Survival Kit
- MLA 541 640 : Academic Writing and Research Design
- MUSC 050 602 : World Musics and Cultures
Penn Arts & Sciences MOOCs
Arts & Sciences MOOCs are open at various times throughout the year.
Past and Current Offerings: