Frequently asked questions about Penn’s Online Learning Initiative.
Coursera is an online learning platform for open-access, non-credit courses, available to learners around the world at Coursera.org.
edX is an open source learning platform for open-access, non-credit courses, available to learners around the world at edX.org.
Visit our course list and select the title of the course you’d like to take. You will be taken to that course’s landing page with further instructions on how to sign up.
They consist of a series of pre-recorded video lectures and presentations, as well as such additional elements as online quizzes, interactive discussion forums, and often live Q&A sessions. The content of each course is determined by each instructor.
Most of our courses range from 4 to 8 weeks. The length is determined by each instructor for the needs of each course.
No. Open online courses may run alongside for-credit courses offered to Penn students, but only as a component of those courses and not as a substitute for them.
No. Open online courses are not interchangeable with courses for credit at Penn, even if some aspects of the subject matter and presentation will inevitably overlap.
Please refer to the course requirements that are determined by your instructor.
If you’d like to take a course that is not currently running, or want to know when it will run again, add it to your watchlist by selecting Future Sessions under Sessions on the course landing page.
Courses include various forms of online testing and assessment, depending on the instructor’s wishes and the needs of the course.