The Oxford Educational Model
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- Students are treated as individuals
- It is easy to consult with faculty members, even senior ones
- Independent learning is emphasized as opposed to teaching by the faculty
- Learning is accomplished through research and writing
- Students are expected to discuss their written work with their tutors one-on-one
- Degree programs are more specialized
- Large lecture classes
- Standardized courses
- Negligible writing assignments
- Little one-on-one contact with faculty
- Little customization of an individual student's program
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St. Alcuin House student-researchers must be able to present and defend their own opinions. Developing topics in depth and defending the arguments in written work sharpens thinking. Our online adaptation of the Oxford method develops these skills:
- Time management: the ability to organize your own work schedule rather than have it imposed on you
- Argumentation: the ability to present a point of view
- Critical assessment: the ability to understand, evaluate and respond to the ideas of others
Doctoral students must be prepared to defend dissertations. They must also obtain one referee who is an expert on the subject matter, so serve along with faculty readers.
The student’s success depends on the ability to study independently. The primary purpose of the Oxford Tutorial Method is that you teach yourself. To this end, we encourage use of local libraries and periods of residency at selected university libraries, including The Bodleian Library, Oxford University; Princeton Theological Seminary Library; Friends of Princeton Libraries; Oxford Graduate School Library and the University of Notre Dame Library. We require scholarly participation at the Karl Barth Conference held at Princeton every June and/or the University of Notre Dame, Center for Ethics and Culture seminar in November of each year or other similar programs at the Center for Ethics and Culture. We also encourage participation in research trips to Oxford and the Library of Congress sponsored by Oxford Graduate School and the Oxford Society of Scholars. From time to time, we offer courses in theology, philosophy and ethics and Christian literature. We recommend and accept course work offered by the University of Notre Dame STEP program.
To enroll, submit an application. Attach a detailed resume (a portfolio which lists all of your academic work, college credits, continuing education, and work history. Indicate whether you are ordained clergy or seeking ordination. If you are in either category, we suggest you involve your bishop or superior in the decision to study with us).
One way we explain our admissions criteria would be to describe a typical student at our school. For example:
- We look for bright, motivated student dedicated to academics. However, we also want a well-rounded individual. Interests outside of school are important, along with a strong desire to be involved in community events.