Working Without a Net: Moving from System-Driven to Student-Driven Models

There is a certain comfort in the familiar rhythms of academia: the ramp-up in August, the start and stately progression of the 16-week semester, and the bang of finals. This is the system that was bequeathed to us by the harvest cycles of the 19th century. But we have long since forgotten that. There is also a familiarity and comfort to the model of the professor bringing his or her knowledge into the room and working through it step-by-step. In this paradigm it was up to the student to keep up with the professor’s thought processes or fail the course.

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