The SES course series consists of four stand-alone modules. Module 1 is required for participation in all subsequent modules. After completing Module 1, institutions are able to select which subsequent modules, 2-4, best fit their individual needs. Participating institutions may select a version with a practicum component to receive customized, 1:1 feedback from experienced Minerva faculty.
Each session employs a flipped-classroom approach, where participants are required to complete readings and activities before the class meeting in order to promote robust discussion. During the class session, participants will take part in a variety of fully active learning tasks, such as polling, debates, and breakout groups, to engage more deeply with the material and one another. Fully active learning pedagogy has been shown to significantly improve information retention and retrieval compared to lecture-based passive learning. At the end of each session, participants will complete short assignments to apply and reflect upon their learning.
Expected time for each module (2 sessions) is approximately 9 hours. Each session will require 90 minutes for pre-class preparation, 90 minutes of class time, and 90 minutes of post-class assessment work.