Who can teach and take classes?
Our emphasis is on university students, but no student would be turned away, not even so-called "students of life". High school, middle school, and university alumni are also welcome. By law, you must be at least 13 years of age to use StuCo.
Can I create and teach any class I want?
Yes and No.show more
You should feel that you are teaching something you love and that your life experience in that area is something others would benefit from. You should not create classes that are already regularly offered in university or school unless your content or teaching method is significantly different. For example, you probably already have access to a great english literature class at a university. No need to recreate that. But you probably don't have a class that combines english literature with improv comedy. Create that!
Does my class have to be approved by anyone?
We spent a great deal of time considering this, and although we do believe that class quality might be slightly higher if we had an approval process, it would create slow downs, beaurocracy, and make us a gatekeeper. None of that interests us. However, we are subject to US federal and state law, and you are also if you create a class (because you must accept our disclaimer), so you should not create a class that goes against law. We ultimately decided to add a class ratings feature and feedback feature to help maintain a high class quality.
When can I teach a class?
Any time or date.show more
We have no academic calendar that you must follow, but you might want to align with the academic calendar of your own university or school. Be sure to include the timezone on all times that you specify, so that students in different timezones can cal also potentially participate.
Can I teach more than one different class?
Can I teach a single class more than once?
That is what "sections" are for. Sections alloy you to teach your class more than once. In fact, you can even have sections that are running simultaneously. For example, you could have an afternoon section for people that can only meet around 1pm and you could also have an evening section for people that can only meet around 6pm. Sections are also a great solution if you create a popular class that has alot of people interested in taking it.
Can I teach my class with other teachers?
A class can have more than one teacher. The teacher that creates the class initially is considered the "Administrator", and they can add the additional teachers. All the additional teachers must be community members of StuCo with an account and must participate in all sections. To be clear, the administrator of a class cannot use this capability to hand off a class to a new teacher.
Can I hand off my class to a new teacher?
The new teacher must create a new class. We believe that the teacher is very important to the class, and if you change the teacher, you have changed the class.
Can I teach a class that was previously taught?
Yes, but...show more
You must create a new class. We believe that the teacher is very important to the class, and if you change the teacher, you have changed the class.
How big is an online classroom?
That means that the total number of students and teachers combined cannot exceed 15 for a particular section of a class. For example, if you have 2 teachers in a class, then you cannot have more than 13 students in any of the sections of the class.
How many online classrooms are there?
Infinitely many.show more
Because we are using video chat technology there is no limit to the number of classrooms we can create. Every section of a class that you create will have its own classroom!
How are students graded?
Complete / Not Complete.show more
The teacher is free to track progress any way they wish, but they must deliver a final grade of "Complete" or "Not Complete" based on at least one sample of the student's work.
How are classes rated?
We use the 5 star system.show more
Each student in a section of a class can give a rating from 1 to 5 stars, 5 being highest. The rating of the class is the average of all students ratings from all sections.
Is there a way for students and teachers to exchange feedback or communicate?
Students can give anonymous feedback to the teacher at any point and teachers can give feedback to a student at any point.
Does StuCo claim any rights to my class content?
You own the rights to your own original content.
Can teachers advertise their classes?
And they are highly encouraged to. You can create a customized link for your class which is "human readable", and then use that customized link in your advertising campaign to drive prospective students to the landing page for your class.
Is StuCo secure?
Yes, but please understand...show more
StuCo uses industry standard SSL encryption (2048-bit) to transfer all web data (non Google Hangouts) to/from you, so that those transfers are all secured and private, which goes above and beyond the typical industry practice of securing only some transfers. This puts a heavier load on our servers, but your privacy is worth it. Also, because we rely on your Gmail account to login, we do not store your password in our database, so hackers cannot steal it from us.
Your communications on Google Hangouts, including audio, video, text, etc. are encrypted "in-transit", but not "end-to-end", as stated by Google. This means that Google Hangouts communications cannot be intercepted by a third party while traveling across the Internet, but they could be intercepted once received by Google, which might be most likely if the US Government were to request such an interception, possibly for purposes of law enforcement.
Why should students find their passion?
Here are four great reasons:show more
1) Loving to Learn - When students are passionate about something, they are naturally motivated to seek knowledge, and they experience learning as a process of discovery which produces a positive emotional response (pleasure) in the mind. By contrast, when students are not naturally motivated to seek knowldege, they experience learning as a process of work which produces a negative emotional response (pain) in the mind. If you want students to love to learn, they have to be learning about things they are passionate about, otherwise they will learn to dislike learning.2) Achieving Mastery - When students are passionate about something, they seek as much related knowledge as they can, as quickly as they can, and apply their learnings as much as possible. They are rewarded by seeing their capabilities improve over time. This cycle, over time, leads to mastery. With the rise of the Internet, information is available to students in vast quantities, instantaneously, making it possible for passionate students achieve far deeper mastery, and in less time, than those students that are not truly passionate.3) Purpose, Meaning, Happiness, Success - When students are passionate about something, they experience a sense of meaning and purpose in their life. With purpose and meaning, students are naturally motivated to set goals, plan, and execute to reach the full potential of their mind, body, and spirit, to maximize their life experience. As they make progress towards their goals they experience happiness, and as they achieve their goals they experience success.4) Career Success - When students are passionate about something, and they make that something a large part of their career, they give themselves a strong advantage over their competition. Their passion will drive them to be able to perform at a high level of excellence over a long period of time, and to feel naturally energized after making great efforts, rather than feeling exhausted. Performance like this leads to success in a chosen career path.
How does teaching and learning things you love lead to finding passion?
That's a great question.show more
There is no process that can guarantee a student will find their passion. But we believe that if we can build a community of people that have already found their passion and give them a platform to share their passion with others, then the others are far more likely to spark passion within themselves through a learning process known as self-discovery. In this process it is important to value people teaching and learning things they love, and sharing passion, above all other more traditional values such as curriculum, credentials, standardized tests, grading, departmental boundries, majors, physical classrooms, etc.
Does StuCo compete with K-12 schools, universities, and MOOCs?
StuCo is complimentary to them and can improve the experience of their students. Those forms of learning emphasize credentialed teachers and giving students a credential for their effort. Stuco emphasizes non-credentialed teachers and helping the student find their passion. StuCo also explicitly asks that classes created on it do not compete with the student's school's regular course offerings in terms of content or teaching methods. StuCo can have the greatest impact on students if they are exposed at a younger age, such as elementary, middle or high school, because the students will be better equipped to make life changing decisions such as which college to attend or which major to choose.
Is StuCo related to the Student College at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)?
Yes and no.show more
StuCo and Student College at CMU
were both founded by Ian M. Nieves, but they are not the same organization.Student College at CMU is a student run organization with its own Executive Committee that runs without input or oversight from Ian, and it is limited to the local CMU campus at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ian founded it in 2001 with this constitution and the mission: "The Student College is being established to provide members of the Carnegie Mellon community with the opportunity to share in educational course-based experiences that are not available through regular university offerings, as led by Carnegie Mellon students." Its initial success was greatly contributed to by Mark Stehlik (then Dean of Undergraduate Education of the School of Computer Science at CMU, now Assistant Dean for Outreach of the School of Computer Science at CMU) and Janet Stocks (then Director of Undergraduate Research at CMU, now Dean of the School of Education at Trinity Washington University), its founding Executive Committee, and all the students that created and enrolled in its classes. Its continued success has been the result of the efforts of many, including the members of the Executive Committee.StuCo is a private american company (The Student College, LLC.) with its own board of advisors that runs with direct input and oversight from Ian, and it has global reach via the Internet. It was founded in 2015 with the mission: "So anyone can experience teaching and learning something they love" StuCo is meant to be a revolutionary step forward in the progress that Student College at CMU has achieved thus far.
Where does the word "StuCo" come from, and how is it pronounced?
"Student" and "College".show more
It is pronounced: "stew" (a type of delicious food) followed by "co" (as in cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolate).