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WHY OFFER A COURSE ON COURSERA?

Give a new population of students the opportunity to learn from you, your experience and the Penn perspective by reaching the broadest, global community of students interested in your topic. 

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HOW TO LAUNCH A COURSE ON COURSERA

The Faculty Resources section is your centralized location to get all the information you will need to set up and launch a course on Coursera from conception of the course to delivering it successfully.  The QUICK LINKS to the left may also be helpful in directing you to particular topics.

On this page you'll find information on:

  • Getting your course approved
  • Setting up your course
  • Delivering your course

Offering a course on Coursera happens in three steps:

    • 3 Step Process

THE 3-STEP PROCESS

Please click the arrows to the right of any title bar to expand the section:

STEP 1: Getting Your Course Approved

THE 10 THINGS YOU'LL NEED TO PROVIDE IN YOUR PROPOSAL:

  1. Proposed course name and description 
  2. Rationale for offering the course via Coursera
  3. Desired course length
  4. Competitive assessment of similar courses
  5. Anticipated use of copyrighted materials
  6. Intended audience
  7. Teaching methods to be employed in the class
  8. Estimated budget (with major line items)
  9. Use of materials in other (classroom) courses
  10. How you will measure success
  11. Summary of teaching experience, awards, CV

2 THINGS TO DO PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL:

  1. See what competing courses there are on Coursera courses here
  2. Think about your number of TAs (and resources for budgeting purposes)

SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL (THE TEMPLATE):

Please click here to open and/or download the template which has the instructions on how to submit your proposal to the committee for review. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt and a response after the next committee meeting. 


SUBMITTING YOUR RE-OFFERING PROPOSAL

If you would like to offer your course again, please click here to open and/or download the re-offering proposal template for the committee to review.

STEP 2: Setting Up Your Course

I.  WHAT TO DO FIRST

  1. Get a login here
  2. Email open_learning@upenn.edu to upgrade your access level (same for TAs)
  3. Meet with the Open Learning team to discuss your needs  
  4. List the course
     
II.  HAVING YOUR COURSE ADDED INTO COURSERA

The Open Learning team will add your course into the system.  Each instance of a course is called a "session" and a new session will also be set up at that time.  Once this happens, you or your TA (with assistance from the Open Learning team) can get your course listed on the Coursera site.


III:   LISTING YOUR COURSE

The Course (Landing) Page

Click here to see a sample Landing Page.

This is the first thing that will happen on Coursera, typically about 6 months prior to your desired live date.  The course is usually listed with the date TBA while enrollments build, for at least 3 months. This web page is called "The Landing Page."


The Promotional Video

Click here to see a sample promotional video.

The 1-3 minute promotional video will:

  • Entice students to take your course
  • Give them an idea of your vision for the course
  • Briefly explain the content of the course
  • Be polished and professionally done
  • Differentiate your course from other ones

Some Guidelines:

  • The video should be no more than 3 minutes
  • Faculty should have some face time on camera
  • Differentiate the course; competing courses are launching regularly
  • Provide expectations on what content will be covered
  • Use graphics where appropriate
  • Ensure lighting and sound are high quality
  • Avoid distracting backgrounds
  • Use a script or teleprompter
  • Promote the Penn/school brand where possible
  • The goal of the video is to get students to enroll in the course
  • Leverage the medium for its full capabilities

Required Info to List Your Course:

  1. 2-3 minute promotional video  
  2. Course name (80 characters max)
  3. Course short name (20 characters max, e.g. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry is ModPo
  4. Course logo  
  5. Estimated class workload (range of hours/week)
  6. Target audience (pick from a list)
  7. Short course description (375 characters max)
  8. "About the course"
  9. Your photo and bio

NOTE:  This is the page that the public will see and from which students can enroll.

Automated Welcome Email to Students

You can set up an automated welcome email that students will receive when they enroll.  Once your course is live, you will be able to email all the students that are enrolled.

IV.  ORGANIZING YOUR COURSE SITE


Your TA(s) will set up the site (with assistance from the Open Learning team). 

STEP 3: Delivering Your Course

RECOMMENDED COURSE LENGTH:

We recommend six to eight weeks for the course duration.  Current courses range from six to twelve weeks but you do not have to follow a semester schedule.

WHAT TO DO EACH WEEK:

TAs can find more information on the TA Wiki here (requires a login).

By Sunday at 11:59 Eastern Time:

  1. Post your videos (at least 4 days in advance for subtitling)
  2. Post your assignments
  3. Create announcement that everything is available
  4. Make sure peer assessments' dates are correct
  5. Update the syllabus if required
  6. Create a new forum for the week
  7. Make sure anything listed in Upcoming Deadlines is correct
  8. Post any links for the week

During the Week

  1. Monitor and respond to the forums
  2. Post any corrections to lectures or assignments

At the End of Each Week (Friday/Saturday):

  1. Send weekly wrap up email
  2. Remind students of deadlines for the week
  3. Compile your statistics for the previous week

 

Pedagogical Resources

Please visit Penn's Center for Teaching and Learning's website on Open Online Teaching.  To view their schedule of upcoming workshops which will inspire a vision for your course, click here.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Click here to review the Application of the University's Conflict of Interest Policy to Online Teaching.