Faculty Resources

Proposing an Online Course

  1. Discuss the course idea and proposal with department leadership to be sure your department approves of online course offerings and note any restrictions
  2. Download the course proposal form (also accessible at the bottom of this page) and submit to the Arts & Sciences Online Learning Team as well as the Penn Summer Program.
    1. The Arts & Sciences Online Learning Team will be able to discuss online course design, development, assessment strategies, video, animation, and eligibility for a development stipend.  Contact info:  Dr. Benjamin Wiggins bwiggins@sas.upenn.edu  
    2. The Penn Summer team will be able to discuss rostering your course, teaching pay, enrollment, the need for  TAs, etc. Contact Info:  Eli Lesser lesser@sas.upenn.edu
  3. Once accepted by Penn Summer, first-time online course proposals will be directed to submit their description and syllabus to the SAS Curriculum Committee


Faculty Resources

  • Visit our resources page for a list of frequently asked questions  (pennkey login)

Click here for system requirements for Canvas and Adobe Connect.


Spring 2016 Faculty Workshops 


Interactive Canvas Pedagogies

In this workshop participants will use backward design principles to guide refinement of learning objectives that inform course planning, including the introduction of new technologies into their online and hybrid classes. This could include tools and techniques that can be integrated as soon as this summer as well as longer term course redesign options.

This workshop will additionally focus on engaging students through asynchronous interaction in the Canvas course site via diverse tools and technologies, including webcam video, audio, VoiceThread, use of threaded discussions, and pre-recorded instructor videos and lectures.

Dr. Christina Frei, of Penn Language Center and Germanic Languages and Literatures, will facilitate with members of the Online Learning Team. This workshop is appropriate for all instructors in all subject areas.

Time: Thursday, May 19th, 12:30 - 2:00pm @ 3624 Market Street Suite 5W

Please RSVP to online-learning@sas.upenn.edu


Grading and Assessment in Canvas

This workshop will focus on managing assignments, quizzes and exams in Canvas, including weighting individual assignments as well as assignment groups, and using the Gradebook and Speedgrader tools. Joe Schaffner, Courseware Support Librarian in the Penn Libraries, will offer the workshop both online and in person. The same content will be covered in both workshops.


 Thursday May 12th, 12:00 – 1:30pm @ Adobe Connect 

Participants should sign in as “Guest” in Adobe with their first and last name, and use a headset with microphone (smartphone earbuds are fine in a pinch).

Please RSVP to online-learning@sas.upenn.edu