E-learning Programs from Top American Universities


      Online learning -- or e-learning -- has gone from being fairly uncommon to fairly widespread over the past five years. But, a quick look at the list of universities offering online courses reveals that it's mostly second and third tier schools that have entered the online market, and generally not leading colleges and universities. At some point, we'll get around to discussing why the leaders have largely balked at the prospect of going online. But, for today, our mission is to highlight some instances in which leading schools have started experimenting with e-learning, and we'll grow this list over time. Let's start with 10 examples.

  • Columbia University - Teachers College
    • Through this program geared for educators, you can obtain online certificates in the following areas: Teaching and Learning with Technology, Designing Interactive Multimedia Instruction, & Cognition and Technology. Click for more info.
  • Duke University - Executive MBA
    • Duke's Fuqua School of Business offers an Executive MBA program that takes place mostly online. (Note: the program does also include short visits to campus.) The expectation is that you'd spend 15-25 hours per week using Internet-enabled technology to complete your coursework.
  • eCornell
    • Established and wholly-owned by Cornell University, eCornell provides online courses in the areas of strategy, leadership and management development, human resources, financial management, and hospitality management. Students participating in the program can receive one of a number of certificates. See course catalogue.
  • Harvard Summer School
    • High school and college students can now take summer school courses at Harvard via the internet and get college credit. Courses include Neurobiology, Introduction to International Relations, and others. Get more info here.
  • Johns Hopkins - Center for Talented Youth
    • Geared for students between grades 5 and 12, this program coming out of Johns Hopkins "began offering distance courses in 1983 with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program has now grown to more than 7,000 enrollments yearly, with students throughout the United States and more than 60 countries."
  • MIT - System Design and Management
    • Sponsored by MIT’s Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering, the SDM program lasts 24 months and culminates in a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Management. Most of the graduate program takes place online. However, there are some on-campus requirements. Click for more information.
  • Stanford University
    • Masters Programs -- Through Stanford, you can earn Master's degrees entirely online in the following areas: Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Get more info here.
    • Writing Program -- Created by a partnership between Stanford's Stegner Writing Program and Stanford Continuing Studies, this program allows students anywhere to take top flight writing workshops online.

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