Mentored Open Online Courses
Leuphana Digital School’s Mentored Open Online Courses are built around the idea of providing online education formats for a global audience, granting quality assurance through instructed problem-based peer learning. Our courses are comprised of several learning phases, each of which features video lectures, articles, and other academic materials to ensure that all users can reach the learning objectives. Participants then work in teams to complete a specified number of assignments with the support of a tutor. The assignments are due at the end of each learning phase and will be evaluated by a course mentor.
Our courses are based on the concept of project-based learning. This learning style emphasizes the importance of “learning by doing.” This means that participants in Leuphana Digital School’s Mentored Online Open Courses will be engaged in the course materials as they pursue solutions, debate ideas, design plans, analyze data, draw conclusions, and communicate their findings.
Since participants work in teams, our courses are also heavily focused on peer learning. Interaction with other course participants is necessary in order to attain the learning objectives of our course. We call this our social learning community, where participants can freely exchange knowledge, skills, and feedback with their peers. As a part of this social learning network, you can also expect to increase your ability to communicate your ideas in a group and collaborate in teams.
PARTICIPANTS & SUPPORTERS
When signing up for one of our courses, you will have the option to sign up as a “Participant” or as a “Supporter.” A participant is someone that is looking to actively participate in the course. This means working together with a team, staying up-to-date on the course materials, doing research, and turning in assignments. Participants also have the chance to receive a university certificate after successful completion of the course. Supporters – just like participants – will have access to all of the course materials, but are not assigned to a team and do not have to hand in any submissions. This also means that supporters are not eligible to receive a university certificate.
MENTORS & TUTORS
Unlike the traditional Massive Online Open Courses, we limit enrollment in our courses in order to provide a more personalized experience for all course participants. An important part of this is our trained staff of tutors and mentors. Tutors are the first contact point for participants whenever they have a question or encounter a problem. Mentors support the teams by providing feedback on drafts, supplying additional teaching materials throughout, and evaluating final submissions.
CERTIFICATES & COURSE CREDIT
After the successful completion of a course with Leuphana Digital School, participants are eligible to obtain a university certificate worth 5 credit points (ECTS) that may be transferred to a degree program. While the course itself is free, those wishing to obtain the certificate must pay a nominal fee of EUR 20,-. The course certificate will be made available for download after the course has ended.
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