Where’s The Teacher? Online College Debuts Self-Paced Courses
Career College Central summary:
FlexPath, a new twist in online education, is making its debut in October at Capella University in Minneapolis.
The program, one of the first of its kind in the country, is built entirely around the idea that people should be able to earn a degree by proving what they know, not by sitting in class.
It’s part of a trend called “competency-based” education, which is putting a provocative new spin on what it means to go to college.
In the new Capella program, it doesn’t matter how students acquire their knowledge — whether it’s on the job or in textbooks or online, says Deb Bushway, the chief academic officer. All that matters is that they can pass a series of “assessments,” designed by the faculty, to show that they know the material well enough to earn a degree.
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