Short courses?

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  1. Geoff says:

    Here at Toledo, we offer short courses under the “Flex course” category of offering. They are typically one credit courses that meet either for a week or two (usually in the “gap” between exams and the start of a new term) or once a week over several weeks. However, the flexibility allows offering even a three-day course on a Friday, Saturday & Sunday (which meets most of the day).

    In addition to the benefits you’ve identified, this kind of course also offers schools like ours — with a small faculty with extensive “bar course” teaching responsibilites — the chance to offer “seminar”-like courses that, for teaching load reasons, would be hard to offer on a semester-long basis. We also use the flex courses to keep emeriti who we can’t convince to come back to the midwest for a whole term to share their wisdom for at least a short time.

  2. Bruce Boyden says:

    Bob, it sounds intriguing, but how does the short class work schedule-wise — do you meet 14 hours in one week?

  3. Robert Ahdieh says:

    We do. Basically, once a day (for a hour and twenty minutes) from Monday to Saturday, and an additional long, evening session on Thursday night.