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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities 45

Posted by timothy
from the many-of-them-deserve-disrupting dept.
waderoush (1271548) writes "In April 2012, former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson provoked both praise and skepticism by announcing that he'd raised $25 million from venture firm Benchmark to start the Minerva Project, a new kind of university where students will live together but all class seminars will take place over a Google Hangouts-style video conferencing system. Two years later, there are answers – or the beginnings of answers – to many of the questions observers have raised about the project, on everything from the way the seminars will be organized to how much tuition the San Francisco-based university will charge and how it's gaining accreditation. And in an interview published today, Nelson share more details about how Minerva plans to use technology to improve teaching quality. 'If a student wants football and Greek life and not doing any work for class, they have every single Ivy League university to choose from,' Nelson says. 'That is not what we provide. Similarly, there are faculty who want to do research and get in front of a lecture hall and regurgitate the same lecture they've been giving for 20 years. We have a different model,' based on extensive faculty review of video recordings of the seminars, to make sure students are picking up key concepts. Last month Minerva admitted 45 students to its founding class, and in September it expects to welcome 19 of them to its Nob Hill residence hall."

Comment: Re:Jay Little made DEATH THREATS to me (Score 1) 266

by Zontar The Mindless (#46790099) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

APK MUST PUT TO DEATH by Jay Liittle ...

You can't get 7 words into a post without telling a lie, can you? That is NOT what it says. Here's what it actually says:

APK should be put to death

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I could easily go to that site and create a petition under the username "carlxvigustaf" but this would NOT mean the petition was created by the King of Sweden.

It should also be pointed out that expressing a wish for someone would die is NOT the same thing as threatening to kill that person. It's a bit of a fine distinction, perhaps, but it is still not the same thing.

Comment: Re:Zontar = running (why's that Zontar)? (Score 1) 1570

You're fucking clueless. All I did was type your name into Google and discover what you yourself posted at Ars. And WindowsITPro. And numerous other places.

ProTip: If you don't want stuff that you've said and done before brought up now, don't post it on public websites that get indexed by Google.

And will you please quit posting links to COPIES of your statements that have ALREADY been proven false? If you post X and it's shown to be false, posting a new copy of X does not suddenly make it true again. Pretending otherwise is just fucking stupid, and you're not fooling anyone but possibly yourself when you try to do pass that off as an "unanswered point". When you claim that someone is "running" from such a post because they refuse to keep refuting the EXACT SAME FUCKING LIE again and again that has ALREADY BEEN PROVEN FALSE, you are LYING.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold