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Welcome to Penn Nursing Online Learning!

Online Learning at the School of Nursing features fully and partially-online, for-credit courses that use both online course sites (in Canvas) and video conferencing tools (usually Adobe Connect or BlueJeans).

More than just a means to download course readings and email classmates, online learning at Penn Nursing is designed to facilitate faculty and student interaction and collaboration. Through multimedia tools, asynchronous and synchronous lectures, and real-time discussion, students become actively engaged with the material.

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How are online courses different from other courses I have attended?

The following breakdown illustrates the differences between online, hybrid (partially online) and traditional courses you may have attended previously.

Online Courses
  • 100% of the course is conducted fully online.
  • A Learning Management System (LMS), such as Canvas, is used for all communication and class work.
  • There are no required on-campus class meetings.

 Hybrid Courses
  • Typically, 50% or more of traditional face-to-face class time is replaced with online or out-of-class work.
  • Courses make use of an LMS or other online tools for coursework and communication.
  • Class time is schedule to work in conjunction with online coursework and activities.

Traditional Courses
  • Courses are set up in a traditional, face-to-face format.
  • An LMS and/or other online tools are used together with the classroom to supplement face-to-face coursework.
  • Class time and meetings occur normally.

Adapted from: About Online Learning, University of Washington Bothell

How do I identify an online or hybrid course?

In the Penn Registrar course timetable, look for the location to be listed as “On Line” as shown below:

How do I know if I’m ready for an online course?
Find out if you are prepared for online learning by taking this quiz.
What are the benefits of taking an online Penn Nursing course?
Benefits to students and faculty members include flexibility, access, and convenience since the courses can be taken and delivered from any location. 
What can I expect from online courses in terms of workload?

Students often sign up for online or hybrid courses with the misconception that these courses will require less of their time for course work than a traditional course. This misconception might arise because the in-person class time has been reduced.  However, online and hybrid courses are just as rigorous, meaning just as much work as (if not more work than) traditional courses, and should be treated accordingly.

Much more time will be spent communicating through formal and informal writing in online and hybrid courses. Be sure to check the syllabus for the instructor’s preferences for communication format, writing conventions, etc.

Find out if you are prepared for online learning by taking this quiz.