Summer@Brown Online

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.

Academic challenge and meaningful, personalized feedback

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.

Access coursework anytime, anywhere

Many of Brown’s online courses are asynchronous, which means students are not required to log in at a set time of day. Some of these courses will have synchronous meeting times that your instructor will determine with enrolled students and which will also be recorded so students who may miss them can still view the meeting. Students should plan to spend at least 10-12 hours each week to successfully complete the course, with an expectation of 1-2 hours each day to ensure they keep current with the associated work.

Academic Success – week by week

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 throughout its duration, 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, for courses three weeks in length or longer, a Course Performance Report. Summer@Brown online courses are not offered for college credit.


For students completing grades 9-12, ages 15-18 by June 2021. Students must be at least 14 years old to participate in online experience.

For information about how to apply, please click here

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Course Instructors

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:

About the Program Director

James Chansky

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.

Online Course Standards and Consumer Protection

Brown University is a Rhode Island institutional member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member US states, Washington D.C., and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs, including those offered online. SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in a state other than their home state. Brown University wants all of its students who enroll in online courses to have productive, challenging, and useful learning experiences. Should a student enrolled in an online course allege consumer fraud, state licensing of postsecondary institutions, and/or quality of education or accreditation requirements relating to a Brown University online courses, they can learn more on this page.

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