University of the People to Offer Tuition-Free, Peer-Based Learning

Written by on March 12, 2009 in News and Views - 4 Comments

university-of-peopleHere’s a groundbreaking concept: a free online university that draws from OpenCourseWare material. If you think it could never happen, think again.

Next month, the University of the People opens its doors. They’ll charge only nominal fees for applications and testing. They’ll also accept any student that has a high school diploma and proficiency in English.

How will it work? A recent University of the People news release explains:streaming The Lost City of Z 2017 film

“UoP will be able to effectively function on a limited budget without sacrificing quality of education by using collaborative and open-source eLearning. UoP will embrace peer-to-peer teaching to make the best use of a student body from around the world. Within online study communities, students will share resources, exchange ideas, discuss weekly topics, submit assignments and take exams. The curriculum will be supported by respected scholars. A community of educators, comprised of active and retired professors, librarians, master level students and other professionals, will participate and oversee the assessment process. They will also develop ongoing procedures for curriculum evaluation and development.”

After the required waiting time, the University of the People plans to seek accreditation. They will initially offer two degrees: a BA in Business Administration and a BSc in Computer Science.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of this unique university, you can enroll in April to begin classes this September. More details are found on the school website.

This is certainly an ambitious project. But, if it works, the University of the People could revolutionize the way the world views learning, teaching, and earning a degree.movie Power Rangers 2017 trailer

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4 Comments on "University of the People to Offer Tuition-Free, Peer-Based Learning"

  1. Tamrat March 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm · Reply

    This is a big step that could revolutionize the way education is given. Great Job.

  2. Jamie March 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm · Reply

    You’re right about its significance, Tamrat. I’m definitely going to keep an eye on how this program works out.

  3. Savant March 16, 2009 at 3:00 am · Reply

    Finally learning/educations is about get the true respect that it deserves. I say build it and they shall come because am all for it. I feel as if am about to get my independence to learn what ever I want without Government/Cooperation’s dipping their hands and falling ideas in my pocket. It should be about your intellect not about how much you can afford. Jamie keep it up damn it! if you stop bringing me this type of mental treasures I will have to find you and reeducate you from the ground up lol. Thank You for your service.

  4. Johanne March 25, 2009 at 8:41 pm · Reply

    This is a very interesting concept. I’m curious how it will develop.

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