UnderGraduate catalog: 2023/24

Components of the 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.


Successful course completion depends on following the instructions and guidelines provided in each course syllabus. At the start of each course students should read the syllabus and learning guides very carefully to fully understand the components and requirements of each of the courses in which they are enrolled. Course requirements include weekly readings, participation, peer assessment tasks, discussion forum responses, Learning Journal activities, and written assignments; there are also quizzes throughout the course and a final exam or project at the end of the term. The Learning Guide shapes the learning experience for the entire week by providing a framework for directing students through the study material and tasks, including instructions on how to approach the weekly tasks. To learn more about the university’s peer -based, collaborative learning model visit https://www.uopeople.edu/student-experience/quality/collaborative-peer-peer-learning/