The week-long courses on Catalina Island are for many students the highlight of the online GIST M.S. and certificate programs. This intense and enjoyable learning environment has just been profiled by the USC Dornsife website. Click through to read the full article: Real-World Classroom for Virtual Classmates.
“For many students the week they spend on Catalina Island is the highlight of the program,” said John Wilson, professor of sociology and geography, and director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute housed in the USC Dornsife. Wilson directs the USC Dornsife GIST programs. “They find added inspiration on the island often working from sun-up until 10 or 11 at night every day they are there.”
The opportunity to meet the instructors and other students face-to-face is a critical component of the GIST distance learning program, according to Neil Storey, a workshop participant from the San Francisco Bay area.
“The workshop provided an incredible environment for learning from both the instructors and the other students, and the connections I made will carry throughout the rest of my time in the program,” Storey said.