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Zero Tuition College connects self-directed learners with “MAGEs”

June 30, 2011

Via Scoop.itOpen learning news

The Zero Tuition College (ZTC) is a “Free College for Self-Directed Learners”. Their student list contains 27 names – mostly from the USA but including a few from the UK, Canada, Egypt, Switzerland and the Philippines. The list of “MAGEs” (Mentor, Advisor, Guide, and/or Expert ) has 30 names on it – one from Canada and one from Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and the rest from the USA.

So, with more mentors than students, this seems like a pretty good deal for the students – assuming they can find mentors in their areas of interest. At the moment, the students’ areas of interests include Marine Biology, “english grammar”, circus, Queer Studies and Calligraphy. The areas of interest listed by the mentors include equally intriguing but not necessarily compatible pursuits, such as Birth Activism, Puppetry, “HOMESCHOOL MOM ON ONE CHILD” and fiber arts. And one who offers “No majors but many minors”…

A larger pool of both learners and mentors is probably needed to make the idea work. I’ll be watching this one with interest.

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