SOPHIA To Feature Mayo Clinic Learning Pathways

               SOPHIA To Feature Mayo Clinic Learning Pathways

Online Platform To Offer Free Tutorials Developed by Renowned Mayo Clinic
Surgeon

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 7, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SOPHIA.org, the open online
education platform offering a unique Many Ways to Learn™ learning model with
more than 28,000 free academic multimedia tutorials taught by a multitude of
teachers, is now offering tutorials developed by a top surgeon and professor
at Mayo Clinic. The lessons will focus on two surgical procedures -
Laproscopic Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) and Inguinal Hernia Repair -
and are available at no cost.

"Making these quality surgical tutorials from Mayo Clinic available to anyone,
anywhere is revolutionary and furthers our goal to connect students with top
experts and teachers in a variety of fields," said Allison Gage, Senior Vice
President at SOPHIA. "Not only will this content help students in the medical
field but it also will provide information for individuals who are interested
in learning more about the medical profession as well as for consumers who are
interested in learning more about medical procedures."

The Mayo Clinic tutorials will be organized in learning pathways, which will
feature 46 short-form tutorials also used to prepare Mayo Clinic medical
students to perform the procedures. The lessons will be sequenced to align
with the surgical process.

The tutorials were created by Dr. David R. Farley, M.D., a surgeon and
professor at Mayo Clinic who has taught and trained more than 300 general
surgery residents and is committed to producing the very best general and
subspecialty surgeons. His current focus is to develop smarter, more
experienced and technically savvy surgeons through the use of simulation,
online learning and preemptive learning.

"We are pleased to work with SOPHIA because its efforts are focused on
delivering academic content in an exceptional way," Dr. Farley said. "As a
teacher, I've always been passionate in finding new and innovative ways to
reach students and I believe that this platform is of great service to
students who are pursuing or considering medical careers."

SOPHIA currently features more than 200 learning pathways aligned to the
national Common Core standards in math and science for students in 6th grade
through the first two years of college. The pathways are full-course
curriculums consisting of hundreds of bite-sized tutorials with multiple
lessons provided on each concept taught by a variety of teachers, offering
students Many Ways to Learn. The tutorials feature a multitude of multi-media
elements including screencasts, images, video, audio podcasts and text that
appeal to different learning styles. Students work at their own pace along a
sequenced journey of tutorials and are quizzed along the way to determine
mastery of each concept. Tutorials in the learning pathways are created and
reviewed by teachers to ensure academic credibility. Teachers also have the
ability to review a student's progress by monitoring analytic reports.

In addition to the Many Ways learning model, SOPHIA.org also provides
resources to help teachers flip their classrooms, a new method of teaching
that is shifting the way teachers teach and students learn. SOPHIA also
recently introduced SOPHIA Pathways for College Credit, which makes a college
education affordable and accessible.

To learn more, visit www.sophia.org.

About SOPHIA
SOPHIA is a first-of-its-kind social education platform that offers students
many ways to learn by making free, credible academic content available to
anyone, anywhere, at anytime. The site offers more than 28,000 tutorials
created by hundreds of teachers and experts taught in a variety of ways. The
platform further enhances the learning process by offering quizzes, assessing
learning preferences and providing learning paths that lead students from one
topic to the next so students of all ages can learn the way they learn best.
SOPHIA is owned by Capella Education Company. For more information, visit
www.sophia.org.

Contact: Laura Telander Graf
651.698.4006
ltg@mcfarlandcomm.net

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Website: http://www.sophia.org