How is a course conducted?

University of the People offers a unique learning experience that combines peer-based and collaborative learning with information technologies and the internet. Taken together, this creates an affordable opportunity for universal access to quality higher education with an innovative pedagogical model. Peer-based learning is a collaborative approach that encourages deep 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 instructor facilitation, stimulates students and offers them a powerful platform to learn from one another. Courses take place over a nine week term. Each term has eight weekly learning units, along with one week for preparing for and taking the final exam. You can read more about our study process in our University Catalog or via the links section on the Student Portal homepage: http://www.uopeople.edu/files/Pdf/university_catalog.pdf.