Open Online Teaching

The University of Pennsylvania offers a range of open online courses and teaching opportunities. Through Penn’s partnership with Coursera, instructors teaching in an open online format can create courses accessible to thousands of students at once, around the world. These pages provide resources to support those interested in this teaching – including key ideas to consider when designing and teaching an open online course, reflections from participants on teaching and taking open online courses, and ways that this format might allow you to revise the teaching you do in your Penn classroom as well.

For instructors interested in teaching a Coursera course, CTL provides information and assistance in the proposal process. For more information on the timeline and mechanics of setting up a new course see the Open Learning Initiative’s website.

The Center for Teaching and Learning provides additional support for open online teaching by organizing regular discussions and workshops for current, future, and past instructors of open online courses, as well as for TAs. More information can be found on our Open Online Teaching Program. Instructors can also contact CTL for one-on-one consultations on developing and teaching courses in this format.

Planning a Course

Defining Goals for your Coursera Course
Pedagogy and Video Production
Course Assignments
Communicating with Students
Use of Outside Course Materials
Coursera Guidance on Developing a Coursera Course
Coursera Resource Guide, from Vanderbilt University

Reflections on Open Online Teaching

Instructors’ Experiences & Other Faculty Perspectives
Students’ Experiences & Observations

Using Coursera in Your Penn Classroom

Structured, Active, In-Class Learning (SAIL)