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Learning on Line University, or LOLU, is a remarkable institution that benefits students, faculty, and diverse sponsoring organizations, such as Z Magazine, People-Link, FAIR, Multinational Monitor, URPE, Project South, Committees of Correspondence, and many others in the future, as well.

Courses now in progress include:

MEDIA ANALYSIS: CHALLENGING ROUTINE PROPAGANDA
-- Faculty: Norman Solomon
 
MOVEMENT HISTORY, MOVEMENT BUILDING,
AND THE ROLE OF POPULAR EDUCATION
-- Faculty: Jerome Scott & Walda Katz Fishman
 
ORGANIZING: THE LOST ART
-- Faculty: Leslie Cagan
 
U.S. CAPITALISM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
-- Faculty: Peter Bohmer
 
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECONOMY
-- Faculty: Robin Hahnel
CORPORATE POWER AND STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP COUNTERVAILING POWER
--Faculty: Robert Weissman
LINE. COLOR, & SHAPE: REINTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS
-- Faculty: Anita Karasu
CONCEPTUALIZING A BETTER ECONOMY
-- Faculty: Michael Albert
 
RADICAL THEORY, VISION, AND STRATEGY
-- Faculty: Michael Albert
 
PARENTING FOR PROGRESSIVES
-- Faculty: Cynthia Peters
 

LOLU courses feature:

Lectures, such as those listed above, that you read with your browser or download to print, if you prefer

Live chat throughout the school population for those who like it

Continuing class discussions in online forums that you can access and partake of at your leisure

Course glossaries, optional assignments, inter-student email, and even self scoring tests and other optional educational features in an exceptionally robust and user friendly setting.

When taking a course you read one lecture a week, at your own pace, whenever you choose. You ask questions in the always available course forum or read other's questions and faculty answers there, again at times you pick for yourself. The material accumulates, all content is always available.

Each semester, each course has an organizational sponsor--which is listed with course descriptions in our curriculum page.

LOLU courses use the same software that many mainstream universities use for their online offerings--the mainstream universities just don't have faculty and content of our calibre, or prices even remotely like ours.

Everything having to do with LOLU is web based. You use your browser only. The software is from a company called webct and you can read more about it and see samples of the LOLU venue at their web site, http://www.webct.com.

Here is a little more information about LOLU the institution...


Purpose of LOLU

LOLU, is a crossing ground for students, sponsors, and faculty which will hopefully become a major democratically-run educational institution with 40 - 50 or more courses per semester by late 1999

Learning On Line University aims to provide high quality courses across a range of disciplines and topics to people all over the world, inexpensively via telecommunications.

LOLU simultaneously raises consciousness and creates new ties among people who share the LOLU experience.

LOLU is maintained jointly by two web projects: ZNet and People Link and each semester LOLU courses are chosen/sponsored by a growing list of progressive institutions currently including Z Magazine, FAIR, People-Link, Multinational Monitor, URPE, SEP, and the Committees of Correspondence.


Course Structure

Courses offered are determined by the Learning on Line University and its various co-sponsoring organizations, any of which can sponsor any course they vouch for.

Each LOLU course runs for 10 weeks--with the possibility of extension, for catch-up and convenience.

Lecture courses involve weekly lectures posted by the faculty and week-long (always available, at your leisure) discussions of the contents and derivative issues.

Reading courses function similarly, but with reading assignments rather than lectures as the basis of discussion.

Courses can include assignments and various other educational components at the discretion of faculty, which, of course, students relate to as they choose.

 

LOLU Finances

The fees for LOLU courses are $50 to take a course ($30 low income, at the student's discretion).

The fees paid to take LOLU courses are divided.

50% goes to the faculty dispersed according to norms they establish taking into account such variables as effort, sacrifice, need, etc.

25% goes to the organizational sponsors of courses to enhance and facilitate their work.

And 25% goes to LOLU to be utilized as People-Link and ZNet, lolu's partner/host organizational sponsors, decide for such functions as overall promotion, leasing software, training and paying staff, etc.

ZNet / People Link