'Not Your Grandfather's Comp. Class': Model Mixes Face Time and Technology

'Not Grandfather's Comp. Class': Model Mixes Face Time and Technology

Marlayna Demond for UMBC

Chris Moran, at left, and Sohail Samet meet in a small discussion group with another classmate and their instructor, Holly Sneeringer, in a composition class at the University of Maryland Baltimore County that involves more student-teacher interaction.

Holly Sneeringer has 25 minutes. In her small office here at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the instructor huddles with four freshmen, seated inches apart. They have come to discuss their research papers, due in six weeks.

Ms. Sneeringer listens as Belawoe Akwakoku describes his plan to write about affirmative action. "I want to focus on ... has it made things better?" Daisy Awasum cocks her head. "If I were you," she says, "I'd compare different policies, and see if