The Oxford Tutorial System
Historic methods for contemporary teaching and learning...
The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the second-oldest surviving university in the world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096.
New Earth Theological University (NETU) employs modern, new-paradigm whole-systems teaching methods based on the Oxford Tutorial. Students engage in reading, in-depth research and writing assignments, and interact with professors, adjunct instructors, and students in groups or individually, on a regular basis throughout the academic term.
The Oxford Method is generally more academically challenging and rigorous than the standard lecture and test format courses. All students are expected to communicate, defend, analyze, and critique the ideas presented in assigned readings and projects by submitting written papers and in conversations through correspondence with professors during each course.
Courses are taught during two academic terms (semesters) each year.
Because the programs of study at NETU are mindfully tailored to meet the needs of individual students, courses offered each academic term are not published in an arbitrary catalog list, but are carefully determined by the needs of students and the availability of professors and adjunct instructors.
Upon admission to the New Earth Theological University, each student is assigned to them an Academic Advisor. This Academic Advisor will remain a constant support and full-spectrum advisory resource for the student throughout the duration of their studies at NETU. All students co-create directly in tandem with their Academic Advisor to envision research projects and select programs of study, determining needed courses, scheduling courses with other professors and adjunct instructors, while mapping-out a strategy and schedule for completing their particular program of study.
The fresh educational model (pedagogy) used by NETU, essentially based on the Oxford Method (as well as the holistic models of Montessori and Waldorf Schools, etc.), is a rigorous individualized method of teaching and learning. The method emphasizes new-paradigm learning philosophy to critically think from depths of the heart through extensive research and writing projects. Students are responsible - as sovereign empowered beings - for planning/organizing their own study-time and successfully completing the required writing assignments.
Some characteristics of the Oxford Method are:
- Students receive individual attention.
- Independent learning is emphasized.
- Learning is accomplished through research, writing, and interacting with professors and instructors.
- Students discuss their work and course materials with advisors, one-to-one.
- Study programs are highly focused and more specialized.
NETU has adapted the Oxford Method for use in this web-based platform. All students communicate with professors by email, telephone and/or video-conferencing platforms on a regular basis while engaging in independent study and research projects during each course. This whole-systems method of teaching and learning is effective in developing critical thinking and academic writing skills within the context of a specialized program of study.