In the past 30 years, scientists have discovered a lot about how people learn. But traditional universities are slow to change their ways. So a group of educators in Minnesota decided to build a brand new college.
This approach works when students come to class prepared by having read the assigned portions of the textbook, says professor Metzger.
It's not that they're expected to understand everything they've read, she says, "but we expect them to have looked over the material so that when they come to class we can use that time not just to introduce the terminology but to actually engage at a deeper level so that they can explore what those things mean [and] they can think critically about ideas."