Harrison Middleton University

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by chasisaac, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. cutedeedle

    cutedeedle I speak Geek. Will translate on request.

    Well, since I'm on Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion right now, I can tell you that I'm getting very distracted by everything he writes -- at least so far, his observations are exactly what my new denomination (I was just baptized into my new church last week) believes and practices. I know he was raging against the RC church at the time, but it's so eerily familiar that I'm constantly astonished and can't think of anything else. So far I haven't devised any questions or passages for my first hour phone discussion. Getting a little worried now .....

    And thank you for the blessings. I appreciate that.
    -- Carole
  2. alanp46

    alanp46 Member

    Questions & passages

    To develop my questions and passages, I would yellow highlight readings that I thought would be ripe for question development as I read. Similarly, I would pink highlight any passages that I thought were ripe for analysis as I read. Then, when I was finished the assigned readings, I would revisit the highlighted sections and develop my questions and select my passages. Because there was so much reading, this practice made it easier for me to focus on the questions and passages without having to sift through all the reading material.
  3. cutedeedle

    cutedeedle I speak Geek. Will translate on request.

    Heh, you must have the thick-page version of the GBWW, not the tissue-thin one that I have! The only notes I can make are on Post-its, which works well for me. I write whatever seems pertinent, then I go back through the stickies and book to get ready for the discussions and final essay. Highlighting isn't an option, at least not in the philosophy/religion authors' books. That, along with the 6-pt. fonts, makes it very tough for my poor old eyes to see. :tragedy:
  4. alanp46

    alanp46 Member

    Hehehe, the important thing is that you have a system that works for you.
  5. cutedeedle

    cutedeedle I speak Geek. Will translate on request.

    And what's really fun is removing all the stickies from the book as soon as my "final" essay is accepted!
  6. alanp46

    alanp46 Member

    I conducted my program using the syntopical method, which means I had many readings across numerous volumes of the Great Books (as many as 15) for each course segment. I would use those little "sign here" stickies to identify the assigned readings and then stand the books on my desk and work through the readings. I relished pulling all those little stickies off of all those pages and putting those books back on the shelf following each segment. And, as you say, the most fun (and the most relief) came from pulling off those stickies once the final paper for that course was accepted.
  7. cutedeedle

    cutedeedle I speak Geek. Will translate on request.

    Ah yes, syntopical courses. I too designed an entire program of study in phil/rel, then proceeded to my own first course:
    The nature and origins of good and evil as they pertain to God (Good and Evil, page 471, Syntopicon I; Opposition, page 264, Syntopicon II)

    Eeee-yikes, for a master's program this was too much. Instead of the suggested guideline of 600 pages of reading for each course in the master's program, there were prolly about 5000. Skim, skim, skim, skip ..... the Dean and I learned by this. No more courses of syntopical nature for master's students, at least for me. I had to scramble to revise my program.

    Oddly enough, although the readings spanned many centuries and authors, it was the only essay I've submitted that was accepted without any required corrections. It was a very curious experience.

    My little girlie hat is off to you for achieving what I know to be fiendishly difficult to complete!
  8. alanp46

    alanp46 Member

    Thank you cutedeedle!
  9. Asymptote

    Asymptote Active Member

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  10. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Good, but not surprising, news. Their delivery methodology really fits DEAC's established paradigm.
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  11. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    That's pretty expensive for a university that appears to be run out of a single tiny office. Obviously, they're not a mill if they can get DEAC accreditation, but it still astonishes me that anyone would pay so much for a degree like that.
  12. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    The Great Books and the system of education built around them have a lot of fans, including yours truly. I'm sure a number of those fans have deep-enough pockets. The need is there - and I think Harrison Middleton U. fills it well. I liked their old name better, though. "College of the Humanities and Sciences."
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  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I find $22,500 to be a pretty competitive total cost of ownership for a US-based doctoral program.
  14. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    One of the long-standing advantages of distance learning is the ability to leverage modest administrative space.

    As for the tuition, it's not so bad. I'd be more concerned about what to do with the thing.

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