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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