ERIC Number: ED232053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-23
Reference Count: 0
Independent Study for Adults in Non-Traditional Higher Education.
Independent study is encouraged at Metropolitan State University, a nontraditional upper-divisional university for adult students. At Metropolitan, independent study refers to a range of learning experiences varying in independence from faculty-designed and -selected programmed learning to completely student-designed projects reviewed and evaluated by faculty. Students register in one of two categories of independent study: faculty-designed or student-designed. Students initiate student-designed independent studies, beginning with an idea, seeking consultation with faculty, finding resources, drawing up a plan with a supervising faculty member, and submitting a proposal for university review. Quality control measures include teaching students the meaning of college-level learning and how to use independent study, training faculty in designing and supervising independent study, assisting individual advisors who help the students maintain the integrity of the degree program, maintaining academic centers that oversee independent studies, and maintaining the independent study office that collects data on all independent studies. Independent studies need to be organized, provide for personal contact, and require evaluation by students. Problems to overcome regarding independent study are faculty resistance, a low image, and students' fear. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Metropolitan State University MN
Note: Adaptation of a paper presented at the National Conference on Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary Programs (Arlington, VA, June 23, 1983).