A Summer@Brown experience wherever you are
Summer@Brown Online courses are rigorous, active learning experiences, designed and led by innovative and dedicated Brown instructors and that replicate the seminar-style, student-centered learning experiences that characterize Summer@Brown. Through coursework designed to inspire curiosity and discovery, students connect with their peers from around the world – students who are enthusiastic, creative, and accomplished students.
Throughout the course, students will interact with their instructor and student peers. The instructor will evaluate student assignments, respond to student discussion posts, and invite the students to connect one-on-one to provide support and advance their learning.
Brown’s online courses are asynchronous, which means students are not required to log in at a set time of day. Courses are designed so that students committing about 10 hours per week are able to complete the course.
The first week of study begins with a few days of course orientation: getting to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system)... reviewing course expectations and strategies for success, learning about the instructor, and helping us to learn a bit about the students.
Once the course itself begins, and in the following weeks, students will be working with their instructor and classmates on a variety of assignments and activities, for which they will be expected to log in daily to participate in discussions and keep up with course assignments. Students who meet all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Course Performance Report. Pre-College online courses are not offered for college credit.
Ensuring that students have a successful learning experience begins with the instructor’s design of their course – no matter whether in a traditional face-to-face classroom or in an online environment. Summer@Brown Online instructors work in close partnership with an experienced online instructional designer to develop rigorous and meaningful learning experience for their students. Just like an in-person course, online courses are designed to provide instructors plenty of opportunity to engage with and provide thoughtful feedback to students throughout the course. Unlike a classroom-based course, however, one of the benefits to learning online is that students are not limited to a specific time and place to engage with the course: the course is always open, and designed for continuous engagement – with the instructor and between and among the students in the course.
In addition to the work in the course while online, students also will engage in active learning experiences such as researching, exploring, creating, and collecting materials and resources. Students will return to the course to share their learning with their instructor or the class. The student, instructor and classmates are all in this together.
Brown’s online learning 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.
For an example, watch Indrek Kulaots talk about his online course in Renewable Energy:
Associate Dean, Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs
Received his B.A. in Philosophy from Temple University and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College. For 10 years, Jim taught philosophy in a maximum and medium security prison in upstate NY through Skidmore College’s Inmate Higher Education Bachelor’s Degree Program, where he also served as an advisor and administrator. He has also taught philosophy at Boston College and Skidmore College. He has been involved to varying degrees in pre-college education for over 20 years, at Skidmore College and, since 2011, at Brown University. As Assistant Dean, along with three Associate Directors and one Director, he is responsible for Summer@Brown, the University’s Summer Session, STEM, Engineering Programs, Online course delivery and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and partnerships within the Pre-college Programs.