Welcome to the Future of Learning
Education is changing in exciting ways thanks to new computer technologies. At the forefront of this change, the PSU Challenge Program and McCullough Research are sponsoring the Academus Project, a classroom adventure in “learning without walls.”
Academus enhances student achievement and improves college readiness by introducing computer technology to dual credit high school and college classes. This project builds on the already successful and established Challenge Program in which college courses such as Composition, Survey of British Literature, World Literature, Spanish, French, History of Western Civilization, United States History, Calculus, and Probability and Statistics are taught on site at Portland area high schools by high school faculty working in partnership with PSU faculty.
Beginning with one teacher’s English classes at Grant High School, students have been given laptop computers linked to the PSU library and its vast electronic storehouse of global resources. With this access, traditional readings in a literature course now include literary glossaries and concordances, intertextual readings, literary and nonliterary online texts, and primary and secondary research material of all sorts including author and sociohistorical sites. Traditional writings in a writing course now include increased technological competence, writing processes of inventing, drafting, revising, and editing using technology, online communication with the instructor and other students, electronic research, citation manuals, and the opportunity to create electronic portfolios, which are used increasingly for college applications.
Limitless Learning Opportunities
Now the project is expanding to more classrooms in not only English but other disciplinary fields in high schools throughout the Portland metro area and beyond. By providing so much knowledge at the students’ fingertips, Academus is forging a close link between the University and the community and truly creating a boundless classroom of “learning without walls.”