UnderAcademy College“UnderAcademy is an experimental alternativeform of a MOOC that does a better job of deliveringliberal-arts curriculum, Mr. Memmott argues. Onefaculty member jokes that UnderAcademy deliversMicro Outrageous Online Courses.”
UnderAcademy College“One could argue that MOOC’s dehumanize thehumanities,” Mr. Memmott said in an e-mailinterview. And if liberal arts and the humanities “arebeing marginalized within traditional academicinstitutions, and the MOOC model doesn’t facilitate aliberal-arts education―another model must besought, or invented. At its core, this is whatUnderAcademy College is attempting to do.”
UnderAcademy College“The assignment I gave them was, Come up witha class you would love to teach but couldn’t teach inan institution,” Mr. Memmott said of the instructors.“The idea was wacky.”
UnderAcademy College“Based on some spirit of humor that seemed tounderlie everything, I assumed it was largely a joke,”[Marino] said. “But Talan would say that this projectis research into alternative pedagogical practicesthat are collaborative, less hierarchical, and takeplace online. That piqued my interest.”
An Heuretic Education“Heuretics continues a project ofinvention . . . applying to academicdiscourse the lessons arising out of a matrixcrossing French poststucturalist theory,avant-garde art experiments, and electronicmedia in the context of schooling.”--Gregory L. Ulmer. Heuretics: The Logic of Invention. p. xi.
Inventing New Thinking“Electracy is not against literacy but is themeans to assist our society in adding a newdimension to our language capabilities.This project. . . proposes that our disciplinealso has primary responsibility for inventingthe practices of reasoning and communi-cating in ways native to new media.”--Jeff Rice. The Rhetoric of Cool: Composition Studies and NewMedia. p. xi.
UnderAcademy CollegeUnderAcademy College is an unaccreditedundergraduate, graduate and postgraduate anti-degree institution. UnderAcademy College situatesitself as a shadow-academic environment offeringalternative courses and anti-degree programs in avariety of subjects. The primary mission ofUnderAcademy College is to remain open, marginal,and unaccredited.
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