Innovative Courses for Adult Learners
Accelerated. Accessible. Attainable.
With Penn State’s accelerated delivery formats, education has never been more accessible for adult learners.
For many adults, the prospect of going back to school can be overwhelming. “How will I take care of my kids?” “I’ll never have time for school with work.” “School sounds great, but with the time it would take, is it even worth it?” These are some common concerns adults contemplating a return to college face.
Thankfully, many concerns like this are alleviated and a Penn State degree can be obtained through the two different accelerated delivery methods, Penn State’s Video Learning Network (VLN) and Penn State's Real-time Interactive Classroom (RIC).
- VLN courses meet the needs of adult learners as they meet once a week on nights or weekends while the remaining coursework is completed online. The schedule is ideal for adults that are balancing responsibilities at work and home.
- Most courses in the VLN are accelerated and taught over a 7-week period, allowing adults to quickly earn degrees and certificates. The format puts to rest the notion that a college degree is unattainable for the working adult. In fact, it’s conceivable for a student to earn 12 credits during a traditional semester just by meeting twice a week.
- Courses in this format offer the support of a face-to-face classroom environment combined with the convenience of online classes. Also, the online component means students can control the pace at which they learn, choosing when and how often they would like to review their materials.
- The VLN technology provides the ability to network learners in geographically separated locations and connects the students in a rich learning experience through natural, real-time interaction.
- VLN courses are held on the second floor of the 101 Merwin Building, 5451 Merwin Lane. A lounge is also available for students’ use, and it includes vending machines and a refrigerator.
- Students in accelerated 7-week courses meet online with their instructor and their classmates for two hours per week, while additional coursework and homework assignments are completed online throughout the week using Penn State’s course management system.
- Students enrolled in real-time interactive courses avoid costly commutes to campus. Students attend online sessions at home, the office, while traveling, or anywhere there is a high bandwidth connection.
- Real-time interactive courses are Penn State credit courses taught by Penn State faculty. Students benefit by having live access to faculty and their classmates. Labs, help sessions, and instructor office hours are available online to support the student’s progress in the courses.
Behrend offerings debuting in August 2013:
- Business Essentials for Professionals Certificate (Four courses, 3 credits each)
- Associate’s Degree in General Business (Two-year program)
New offerings to debut regularly!
For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (814) 898-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.