UoPeople’s Study Process
University of the People offers a unique learning experience that pairs peer-based collaborative learning with advanced information technologies and the Internet. Peer-based learning is a collaborative approach that encourages reflection by engaging students from diverse perspectives in an encouraging learning environment. The theory behind this pedagogical model is that studying within communities is more motivating and challenging than reading alone or listening to online lectures. The peer learning methodology, with Course Instructor facilitation, stimulates students and offers them a powerful platform to learn from one another.
Students learn through the peer-based learning method with the support of Course Instructors. Within the online study communities, students share resources, exchange ideas, discuss weekly topics, submit assignments, and complete final projects. The curriculum is supported by Course Instructors who participate in class discussions and oversee all courses.
The University’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning builds procedures for course evaluation and assessment and students are invited to anonymously complete course evaluations at the end of each term, and on occasion are also asked to participate in other surveys. Findings from these evaluations and surveys are used to improve student learning and the overall experience.