Class Participation is Overrated

For those who hated "class participation" in school and didn't understand why tests couldn't be 100% of their grade, this story in the Wall Street Journal is wonderful news:

David Lando plans to start working toward a diploma from the University of Wisconsin this fall, but he doesn't intend to set foot on campus or even take a single online course offered by the school's well-regarded faculty.

Instead, he will sit through hours of testing at his home computer in Milwaukee under a new program that promises to award a bachelor's degree based on knowledge—not just class time or credits…

Wisconsin officials tout the UW Flexible Option as the first to offer multiple, competency-based bachelor's degrees from a public university system. Officials encourage students to complete their education independently through online courses, which have grown in popularity through efforts by companies such as Coursera, edX and Udacity.



No classroom time is required under the Wisconsin program except for clinical or practicum work for certain degrees.

 

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