Digital Learning

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 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 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.

Professional Development

Rice University offers a myriad of career advancement opportunities to assist professionals in obtaining new competencies, prepare for a certification exam, improve business and communication skills, earn professional recertification credits, or enhance expertise in managing nonprofit accounts. The Glasscock School has assisted more than 7, 500 professionals since its inception and offers the following online professional development and nonprofit fundraising operation courses:

  • Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional™ (FP&A™)
  • Certified Facility Manager® (CFM) • Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)
  • Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) • Certified Treasury Professional® (CTP)
  • FP&A™ Exam Refresher
  • FP&A™ Fundamentals
  • Human Resource Management Certificate Program
  • Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program • Strategic Project Management (coming Jan. 30, 2019!)
  • Fundamentals of Constituent Relationship Management
  • Fundraising Analytics: Leveraging the Power of Data
  • What Nonprofits Need to Know for Giving Tuesday and End-of-Year Campaigns

Click here to learn more about professional development opportunities, and click here to explore nonprofit management fundraising options.

Rice Alumni Digital Library

Fondren Library

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.

DIGITAL LIBRARY ACCESS: To access the digital library, you must sign up for the new Rice Portal, the university’s new home for alumni online services, at After logging into the Rice Portal, you will find the link to “Alumni Library Resources” in the left-hand navigation under Links and Resources.

Classroom Connect 2019 Presentations

Did you miss Classroom Connect 2019? Watch select Classroom Connect presentations below.

President's Lecture Series

Each year, the President’s Lecture Series brings to the Rice University campus a variety of stimulating speakers on a range of topics. Rice is pleased to offer the PLS as a means of enhancing the intellectual life not only of the Rice community, but also of our neighbors throughout the city of Houston. View archived lectures here.