Neat! You remind me of The Union Institute, a Ph.D. program in which my father is a "core faculty member" (www.tui.edu). In it, learners are the chairs of their own doctoral committee. They create a committee that includes at least one core faculty member, one "second reader", an outside expert in the field(s) one is investigating, and at least one current or former Union learner. Learners create their own programs, sometimes taking classes, but more often reading, taking workshops, leading workshops, creating new systems and knowledge, etc. The sum it all up in a Project Demonstrating Excellence" (PDE) which can be something like a traditional dissertation, but can take any form that the committee approves.
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From: morticia crone
for instance, in a college english class instead of a written final exam, which was usual and easiest for the teacher, we were offered the choice of creating our own final exam. either we created our own, or he would create a typical written exam for us. we had the freedom to choose how to express our knowledge of the subjects we had been studying (Greek literature (and presumably its influence on contemporary english-language) ). we had to get our topic approved by him mainly in order for him to have the opportunity to make suggestions and less so that he could exert authority. we all decided to create our final exam. we divided into groups. i and a few others came up with a group therapy session. one was chosen to be a modern day psychologist/therapist. the rest of us took on the roles of those we'd read about: medea, clytemnestra, oedipus, (and some others - this was over a decade ago). it was completely improvisational. the only thing we agreed upon beforehand were a group of questions from which the therapist could choose according to the direction she thought the "group therapy" was going. it was great! we all demonstrated how well we knew our characters, even more so than just writing (regurgitating) a report about them because we had to really get into them in order to become them, in order to portray them. of course we were graded - this is public college in san francisco.
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