Online Learning Update

January 26, 2014

A new university bets on a hybrid online-learning model

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:12 am

By Sarah McBride, Reuters

Offering a twist on the learn-from-anywhere convenience of Internet classes, a new university is asking freshmen to take a large leap of faith. Minerva Schools of KGI, a radically experimental university in San Francisco, is sifting through applications for its first class, starting this fall. The school is an alliance between Minerva Project, a venture-backed for-profit company, and Keck Graduate Institute, one of California’s Claremont colleges.  “Technology can be used in a much more effective way in higher education than has previously been the case,” said Stephen Kosslyn, Minerva’s founding dean and the former dean of social sciences at Harvard. Even though all classes will be held online, first-year students must live in a residence hall in San Francisco and take classes together in real time, deviating from the “anywhere, anytime” model prevalent in online education. “We are entirely focused on active learning,” said Kosslyn. Before each class, students must complete assignments that will then require vigorous participation during the online session, such as engaging in a debate, presenting their own work, or critiquing that of others, he said.–sector.html

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