University of the People offers a unique learning experience that combines educators, collaborative learning, information technologies and the internet. Taken together, this creates an affordable opportunity for access to quality higher education, universally, with an innovative pedagogical model. Peer-to-peer learning 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. Instructor facilitation with peer-to-peer learning stimulates students and offers them a powerful platform to learn with and from one another.
Comprised of students from around the world, the student body will learn with the support of instructors and the assistance of their fellow peers. Within the online study communities, students will share resources, exchange ideas, discuss weekly topics, submit assignments, and take exams. The curriculum itself is supported by respected scholars who participate in class discussions and oversee the assessment process. They also develop ongoing procedures for curriculum development and evaluation.
*Distance learning is a growing trend in the U.S. According to a survey by the Sloan Consortium, approximately 4 million students are enrolled in online education. As a tuition-free University, the University of the People takes the concept of eLearning to an unprecedentedly broader, worldwide audience.