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Based upon the science of learning, Minerva’s approach systematically imparts key cognitive skills and frameworks, prompts learners to apply those tools over time and in diverse contexts, and continually tracks learning outcomes.

Fully Active Learning 

In a typical lecture, learners recall less than 20%-10% of the content just three days later. To ensure Minerva learners actually retain the concepts that are taught, we designed our classes to be highly interactive. Learners actively put knowledge to work by solving problems in a collaborative environment that provides real-time feedback through engagement techniques such as live polling, Socratic discussion, breakout groups, debates, role-playing, simulations, and others.

Cross-Contextual Scaffolding

Learners require deliberate, spaced practice across multiple contexts in order to gain a deep and broadly applicable understanding of any subject matter. Minerva’s courses train learners to apply these skills and frameworks to novel situations and across disciplines, from one very different context to another — also known as knowledge transfer.

Outcomes Driven Assessment

Trackable and reusable learning outcomes across courses in a structured curriculum lead to better retention and mastery of new concepts and skills. Minerva instructors can grade student performance from spoken comments to poll responses and written assignments, all using the same learning outcomes. Students can also track their performance over time to understand their strengths and weaknesses, and instructors have access to the data they need to support students. This student-centered approach focuses the design of every course on the practices that promote effective learning.