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Instructional Model

As a cloud-based school, our instructional model is designed to provide a personalized and rigorous education that is flexible and accessible for students. Our courses follow a blended, flipped synchronous seminar approach with a college-style class schedule.

The model is blended because it mixes synchronous (real-time, online, video-based, virtual classroom) and asynchronous (recorded lectures and seminars as well as other learning materials or activities available on demand) components.

The online nature of Dwight Global classes provides an ideal environment in which to invite outside speakers from the world of science, literature, art, business, and more. Guest speakers regularly come into the virtual classroom to meet with students. Nothing is more exciting than having students from three or four continents engaging in lively conversation with our guests. Since the guests are coming online, they can visit from anywhere. Sometimes they are at one of the Dwight campuses in New York City, London, Seoul, or Shanghai. Other times they might be anywhere in the world, from the Galapagos to Antarctica, or from Hollywood to Bollywood – the world truly is our campus.

How Classes Work

  • Live classes are precious times designated for collaborative exploration, active discussions, and hands-on projects.
  • Students are expected to watch the lectures and complete interactive activities before they come to class.
  • The class schedule is college-style because the live synchronous classes meet two times per week rather than every day.
  • Everything that happens in the synchronous seminar is recorded and can be viewed later.
  • In addition to the work that students do online, they have a full complement of off-line work, such as readings, writing papers, problem sets, and completing labs and projects.
  • Students needing additional attention can participate in Oxford-style tutorials with instructors.

The combination of these elements provides a rich, dynamic learning environment, reminiscent of the best schools in the world.