School of Professional Studies

Online and Blended Learning at Brown University

Way more than MOOCs. Way more than lecture capture.

We believe that effective learning depends on high-quality instructional design – no matter whether in a traditional face-to-face classroom or in an online environment.  Brown’s online instructors are enthusiastic, imaginative educators working at the forefront of online teaching and learning. They work closely with the University’s instructional designers to develop and facilitate courses that exemplify best practices of student-centered design and inquiry-based learning.  Our courses foster exciting, dynamic learning communities that encourage one-on-one interaction, teamwork, and networking.

Online Programs and Courses at Brown

Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership

The Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership is a 16-month program of blended study with four on-campus sessions, combined with online coursework. The on-campus sessions take place at the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island. The remainder of course time is conducted online.

IE-Brown Executive MBA

The IE-Brown Executive MBA program offers a blended learning approach in which students spend a few weeks in face-to-face classrooms at both the IE Campus in Madrid, Spain and the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island. The remainder of course time is conducted online.

Undergraduate Summer Session for Credit

Brown launched its first fully online for-credit course for undergraduates in the summer of 2013. Read more here.

After last summer's success and positive response from student participants, this summer we offer two versions of Creative Nonfiction as a for-credit undergraduate course: Creative Nonfiction: Writing the World and Creative Nonfiction: Reading, Writing, Traveling.

Online Pre-College Courses

Brown University’s Pre-College Program currently offers 11 online courses designed specifically for high school students.  Online pre-college courses are rigorous, active learning experiences designed and led by Brown instructors. Students work one-on-one with their instructors and with talented, motivated students from around the globe as they engage in academic inquiry at the level of first-year undergraduate study.

Open Learning

Exploring Engineering is a free, open course designed specially for high school students, offered in partnership with Canvas Network. Over 3,000 students have participated to date.

In June 2013, Brown launched free, non-credit, online courses open to learners from around the world, offered in partnership with Coursera.

For Faculty: Designing and Teaching Online Courses