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Study: U.S. Colleges Ain’t What They Used To Be: Educational achievement has been stagnant for three decades. Ca...

So, what we did was...the traditional model is what you think of as a college course. You take—you go three to four hours a week, you listen to an instructor teach you the material. What we did instead was students learn the material, but the lecture’s replaced by this statistics course developed at Carnegie Mellon University where students go online and they read a lot of material and answer questions and get feedback, and then instead of going for three to four hours in person, they go for one hour in person, and that’s an opportunity for the instructor to answer their questions. And the great thing about this is in a traditional class, the instructor doesn’t usually know how well students have learned the material until the first exam. In this interactive system developed at Carnegie Mellon, the instructor actually has access to a data dashboard where they see exactly w...

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