Community Learning
& Engagement
On Demand

We all know the "why" when it comes to lifelong learning: Nurturing our minds, fostering insight and understanding, promoting connection, creativity, meaning, and emotional and physical well-being. Often, it's not the "why," but the "when" that keeps us from making time for learning. Life has never been busier and balancing everything can simply be overwhelming. To make the most of your time, the Glasscock School’s Community Learning and Engagement department offers a selection of short, on-demand classes that can be enjoyed when it works best for you.

On-Demand Learning Benefits



Our asynchronous courses are self-paced, allowing you to embrace your curiosity and nurture your fascinations on your own time. Whether you like to learn in bite-sized portions or prefer to feast on learning, on-demand courses fit your schedule and pace.

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Whether during a lunch break, on vacation, in a waiting room, or from the comfort of home, learning is a click away with our on-demand courses. Your classroom is wherever you have a web-enabled device and an internet connection.

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Like our other Community Learning and Engagement offerings, our on-demand courses are open to all adults and have no prerequisites. All that is required is a healthy curiosity and willingness to learn!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches Community Learning and Engagement’s on-demand courses?

Our courses are developed and taught by Rice University faculty and other experts, many of whom have won awards for their teaching and national recognition for their scholarship.

What can I expect from an on-demand course?

Our on-demand instruction engages you through a lecture series approach with pre-recorded lessons conveniently split into individual units.

What technology will I need for my on-demand course?

In order to access your course, you will need a web-enabled device (computer, tablet or smartphone) with audio capabilities (like speakers or headphones), high-speed internet, and the most up-to-date version of your browser.

Browsers include: Google Chrome (for Windows and Apple computer users; Android phone and tablet users), and Safari (for iPhone or iPad users).

What do I do if I have technical difficulties?

Call the Glasscock School online help desk at 713-348-6112. Support is available from 8 a.m.– 8 p.m. Monday–Thursday. For general questions and non-emergency support, you can also email

What is your refund policy?

On demand course registrations are non-refundable. Please review technology requirements before completing your purchase. View our full refund policy here. If you have questions, please contact us at

What other courses do you offer?

Community Learning and Engagement offers a robust catalog of courses each spring and fall semester, with many new courses each year. In addition to our on-demand classes, we offer both in-person and synchronous online courses. Visit our Lifelong Learners page and sign up to be notified when our next catalog is released.