Pyro, I’ll put up a link to my past syllabi here:
It is an odd program because I don’t want people to specialize in one subject (or even 3) at a time. Most formal schooling puts topics in silos so that students focus on a few things at a time and do not have the opportunity to integrate between them. However, that is really the way we ideally learn – in context and through making connections between pieces of information. Ideally, with something like those presented at the Jedi Temple, students would start bridging and scaffolding one idea based on another one presented the week before or so.
This would still need a lot of work. I’m never entirely happy with a class even if I’ve taught it repeatedly for years. Always tweaking something.
Ideally, IDEALLY, this would not be confined to being online but would make use of face-to-face for many lessons and online for convenience of communication. I’ve learned and taught in these hybrid situations, and I think they provide the best of both worlds. So, for instance, martial arts would be taught face-to-face. But discussions on philosophy or even meditation could be done online.
Proficiency tests? Possibly. There can be value in returning to a basic lesson and reviewing and reflecting. Even helping others bridge to understanding or proficiency. But that can also be a frustrating waste of time. Best to consider it by topic.
One thing we struggle with but haven’t really wrestled with in the many years we’ve been doing this Jedi training is the factor of apprenticeship. What we really aim for often is not to convey knowledge or skill alone but to create a community and integrate new people into it. That process is a mix of structure and freedom. Think of boot camp, to use a poor example. We want to teach people how to BE Jedi – as we see that role/vocation/profession/philosophy. There is freedom in there to be who we are but also the need to get people to adapt that identity to fit the community’s expectations. Hard to do, but it does require some sort of structured process.
My best students have gotten a mix of the structured course (see above) and lots and lots of individual attention – taking struggles in their lives as the opportunity to think and read and practice. Mentoring individuals is time-consuming but is the ideal way for them to learn and integrate that learning into practice. For some skills, we may need to create practice situations – that could also be used for assessment. That’s one reason I’ve been looking at virtual worlds and online games – for practice arenas.