All Minerva® classes use our evidence-based Fully Active Learning methodology. This approach to instruction is a systematic application of decades of cognitive and behavioral research in the learning process. Rather than the traditional lecture-test paradigm, which centers on information dissemination, Fully Active Learning keeps learners engaged in every class, while focusing on the development of enduring universal skills.
Minerva classes are “flipped,” requiring learners to digest information ahead of time and come prepared to participate in a wide range of activities, with strategic instructor interventions throughout, rather than rote lectures. Classes are constructed using a range of collaborative activities, including Socratic discussion, live polling, breakout groups, debate, role-playing, simulation, quizzing, and team projects. Instructors also routinely call on learners, especially those who participate less frequently, establishing a dynamic atmosphere in every class.
Fully Active Learning fosters deep engagement, and the lively exchange of ideas and perspectives that are hallmarks of the Minerva approach.