Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching Online at Yale

After the creation of Open Yale Courses in 2007, the University has focused time and resources to ensuring that Yale developes innovative and impactful online education programs. The Poorvu Center is responsible for a central strategy for digital education at Yale, one that includes: massive open online courses, blended degree programs, and online certificates. Faculty members interested in teaching online have access to a wealth of expertise at the Poorvu Center. 

Faculty Members and Digital Education Staff members stand on the staircase in the CTL

Yale explores online learning for a vast and global audience: from lifelong learners seeking to improve knowledge skills, to undergraduate and graduate students looking to supplement their current courses or take a class online to earn college credit, a certificate or a degree.

The leadership for online learning is a campus collaborative. Lucas Swineford, Executive Director of Digital Education, oversees online education efforts at Yale. Professor Craig Wright serves as Academic Director of Online Education. The Office of the Provost has a standing Committee on University-Wide Teaching and Learning. Numerous offices contribute to a vibrant network in disseminating Yale’s intellectual treasury of teaching around the world.

The online landscape provides unprecedented avenues for faculty to imagine new ways to transmit their teaching and share it with the world. Explore Yale’s online offerings.
Yale is pursuing a distinctive pathway that emphasizes pedagogical innovation for the benefit of Yale’s own students even as it builds on previous initiatives to continue to share great teaching beyond the campus.
As is often cited, the University’s three core missions are the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. In the past dozen years, Yale has undertaken important online education projects that have disseminated the best of Yale teaching beyond our classrooms in New Haven.
The Provost has put policy matters in place for online learning. Yale Faculty can log-in using their NetID to view the policies.