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Noncredit Online Learning

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VCU has been named as one of LERN's Top 25 Partners, providing online courses and certificates! New offerings are added throughout the year.

About online professional development:

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with and get to know the instructor and other participants. It’s easy, and fun!

For a full listing of courses, visit our course directory.

How the courses work:

It is easy to participate in your LERN online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to access your online classroom. You will use your email address and a password to gain access.

Participate when you want:

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you want to participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week. For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

What you will do:

• Access the online readings.
• Listen to the audio presentation for the unit and view slides.
• Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned.
• Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again at your convenience.


The discussion for each unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or evening. Your instructor will log into the discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants. We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

Explore noncredit certificate and noncredit course listings below.

You may enroll up to five days after the start date.


Business Communication

Data Science


New Media Marketing

Social Media for Business

Technology Skills

You may cancel your registration up until you receive your login in and password from LERN and receive a full refund minus any credit card processing fees. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received by the program manager, Christina Draper, via email.

In the unlikely event that this program is canceled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, VCU Continuing and Professional Education will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

VCU Continuing and Professional Education offers a variety of noncredit online courses and noncredit online certificates in partnership with The Learning Resources Network (LERN).

Some VCU Continuing and Professional Education offerings are ineligible for waiver use due to partnership agreements. The following text will appear on the registration page: “*exempt—this offering is ineligible for waiver use.” 

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