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Virtual Engagement

Welcome to Rice Alumni Virtual Engagement. This resource is offered to assist in the intellectual and professional development of our alumni and allows alumni to explore online a variety of topics that may be of interest. Online research tools currently include:

Online Courses

Rice University is one of the leading innovators in digital education, whether setting the standard for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or utilizing new technology to create more personalized and adaptive learning approaches for students and community members. Of course, the benefits extend to Rice alumni! 

Online Course Offerings
  • Online Lectures on Demand

    Scientia sponsors and hosts an annual series of colloquia devoted to the exploration of broad topics from a variety of points of view. These colloquia are hosted on campus and open to the general public, including the Rice alumni community.  Many lectures are recorded and available for viewing online here

  • Rice Online

    The ARA is pleased to partner with the Rice Online program to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), lectures and other blended learning opportunities tailored exclusively for Rice alumni. Featuring some of Rice's most beloved professors, the learning experiences aim to engage the Rice community on campus and around the world.


    Coursera is an education company that partners with top universities – such as Rice – to offer online courses for free. Classes are offered all year long and each has different goals, outcomes, and deliverables. We invite you to explore options that are best suited for you. Learn more.


    edX is an online community that offers courses from a variety of universities – including Rice – for free. The many different types of courses offered are from a variety of disciplines and fields. We encourage you to participate in courses that will help fuel your thirst for knowledge. Learn More.

  • Educational Technologies

    The Office of Educational Technologies at Rice offers many online lectures, events and presentations  for the Rice community to access. We encourage you to stay connected to Rice virtually as you take advantage of online content presented for alumni, parents, and friends of Rice. Learn More.

  • Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

    Since 2006, the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies has been offering online courses designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and lifelong learners around the world. The Glasscock School's high quality, student-centered, online education is offered in a variety of topics, and students receive exceptional support from an experienced online learning support team. Learn more.

  • Openstax

    OpenStax is a nonprofit organization at Rice committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course. Through partnerships with companies and foundations committed to reducing costs for students, OpenStax is working to improve access to higher education for all. Learn More.


The Rice Alumni Digital Library is a cooperative program between the Office of Alumni Relations, Fondren Library and Information Technology.   A variety of digital journals are aimed at providing remote online access to a collection of high-quality information sources supporting lifelong learning to Rice alumni.

Use your Rice Alumni user name and password when prompted to access the Rice Alumni Digital Library.

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