Penn names new head for online learning

Law School professor Edward Rock will be Penn's director of open course initiatives

Penn’s online future has a new leader.

The University announced Tuesday that Law School professor Edward Rock has been appointed Penn’s director of open course initiatives. Through the position, Rock will serve as a senior adviser to President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vince Price.

Rock’s main responsibility will be to oversee Penn’s ongoing partnership with Coursera, an online learning platform that offers free, non-credit classes. Penn first announced its partnership with Coursera in April, and has since increased its investment in the company.

Rock, who holds a secondary appointment as a professor of business economics and public policy in the Wharton School, has taught at Penn since 1989.

“Ed Rock brings to our online initiatives a profound understanding of governance and strategic frameworks, as well as great skills at solving challenges and bringing people together,” Price said in a statement. “He will help us all define the future of online and open education at Penn.”

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