We understand that the disruptions and uncertainty of this period make it difficult or even impossible to balance life with school and work obligations. We encourage and support you in prioritizing your own wellness and relationships at this time.
The resources and suggested activities below are provided for those who wish to dedicate some time to academic and professional development or who are seeking concrete ways to continue learning and growing.
Online learning platforms, open courseware, and MOOCs
- Coursera offers hundreds of free courses taught by top instructors from world-class universities (including Penn) and companies on a wide range of academic, professional, and personal development topics. Free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.
- edX supports learners at every stage and delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications.
- Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone to study anything, anywhere, anytime, for free—online, at any subject level.
- LinkedIn Learning provides online tutorials and courses on a wide selection of topics, including software products widely used on campus such as the Microsoft Office suite, Google Analytics, and Drupal, as well as topics to enhance key business skills such as project management, marketing, and collaboration. Access LinkedIn Learning with your Pennkey and password.
Learn (or practice) a language
- Mango Languages uses semantic mapping to help you learn languages through conversations, movies, and other exercises. Access Mango Languages with your Pennkey and password.
- Duolingo provides free language courses. Students learn a language by translating webpages and providing the site with translations as they learn.
- BBC Languages offers courses and interactive videos, plus pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar exercises. Listen to the BBC World Service news in 27 languages.
- Visual Link Languages was created by the US Institute of Language. Their courses offer free language lessons, games, vocabulary, and cultural information.
- Penn Libraries offers additional language learning resources on their website.