The University of Pennsylvania has just jumped on board the “free online course” train, and has announced that they are going to follow in the footsteps of institutions such as MIT in making their courses available online, in the hopes of reaching out to a broader base of students. The courses are going to be made available through Coursera, an educational based platform that is bringing online classes to students everywhere in an easy and accessible manner.
Full Text: Penn Launches Free Online Courses via Coursera.
Online: July 16–27 and September 17–October 5
On-site: August 6–9
State College, Pennsylvania
The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) is a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by Penn State and the Sloan Consortium. Go to IELOL website
This institute is designed to serve the leadership development needs of professionals in the rapidly expanding field of online learning.
IELOL is a four-step leadership development program. The program begins with a two-week IELOL online experience (July 16–27) designed to identify and focus attention on key leadership challenges at the participants’ organizations. The second step is an on-site immersive experience at Penn State (August 6–9) that enables the IELOL participant to develop specific leadership skills, styles, networks, and strategies for the emerging leader. A three-week online follow-up program (September 17–October 5) provides senior-level mentoring and consulting for the participants as they apply the newly-acquired skills and concepts in their local settings. The program culminates with a pre-conference workshop (October 10–12) at the annual Sloan Consortium ALN conference in Orlando.
This is the fourth year for the program. We now have nearly 100 alums who continue to network and use the skills they developed in the institute. We have received many enthusiastic testimonials, and some excellent feedback that continues to help shape the program.
via The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning | The Sloan Consortium.