Mastering Three Levels of Capabilities
Foundry College characterizes skills and knowledge at three different levels—nano, mini and macro. Each group of nano capabilities builds into a mini capability, and each group of mini capabilities builds into a macro capability. Students acquire capabilities in steady, intentional sequences, making progress in every single class session.
Specific capabilities, such as finding the source of a claim
More general capabilities, such as evaluating source quality in news reports
General capabilities, such as detecting fake news (a type of critical thinking)
Foundry College doesn’t give grades—students have either “mastered” a course or are “in progress.” Although this approach is similar to the traditional concept of pass/fail, a “pass” at Foundry College means more than just getting by: students must demonstrate a deep understanding of the material and ability to consistently apply skills and knowledge into practice.
To master a course, students must have either passed or completed six attempts on each of the end-of-class quizzes, taken the Mid-term Assessment, and received a 100% on the end-of-course Mastery Assessment; and/or passed all required assessments specific to Credential courses.
Students must complete a quiz at the end of every class. If the quiz is not passed after two attempts, students will be required to do work outside of class in order to review and master the material.
Supporting Student Success
Foundry College courses are designed such that all required material can be learned in class, with no pre-work or homework. However, we know that students may occasionally need extra support to master certain skills or knowledge. We offer free one-on-one personal coaching and free one-on-one academic mentoring to help students succeed.