Virtual Classrooms

Two schools are launching or expanding their online education offerings:

Under the name PennX, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia joins the nonprofit online learning platform edX. One of the first PennX courses the school expects to launch will be “Analyzing Global Trends for Business and Society,” taught by Mauro Guillén of the Wharton School.

HBX, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, has formally announced the launch of HBX Courses, a portfolio of online programs designed for executives and leaders. Courses are delivered over HBX’s proprietary learning platform and feature the school’s case-based teaching approach. Among the offerings will be “Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen,” an interactive, teambased certificate program designed for senior leaders. HBX expects to grow the Courses portfolio by adding three to five new courses in the next year on topics such as decision making, corporate finance for executives, and digital business.

HBX also has entered into agreements with several U.S. liberal arts colleges to provide additional benefits for their students taking Harvard’s online credential courses. The newly announced partners are Carleton College, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Wellesley College, and Williams College.