In April 2012, Penn partnered with Coursera, an online platform that offers open-access, non-credit classes to audiences around the world. The platform presents a number of key opportunities for Penn, including increasing international access to the University’s extraordinary educational resources, one of the key tenets of President Amy Gutmann’s Penn Compact.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we stay on course with Coursera.


Number of Coursera courses produced by Penn so far. There are eight new courses listed. Each costs $20,000-$50,000 to create.


Number of students who took Michael Kearns’ Coursera class, “Networked Life.” Kearns is a professor of computer and information science.


Length, in weeks, of Anthony L. Rostain’s Coursera course, “‘Pay Attention!!’ ADHD Through the Lifespan,” which begins March 18. Rostain is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine.


Number of students who enrolled in Ezekiel Emanuel’s “Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act” Coursera class. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives.


Hours of work required per week for Robert Ghrist’s Coursera class, “Calculus: Single Variable.” Ghrist is the Andrea Mitchell Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor.


Number of essays required to earn a Statement of Accomplishment in English professor Al Filreis’ “Modern & Contemporary American Poetry” Coursera course. Students must also submit at least 16 peer reviews, complete and pass all quizzes, and participate in discussion forums of at least one of the poems in each of the 10 weeks.


Cost to sign up for a Coursera class.

Originally published on February 21, 2013