Best Practices: Accelerated Courses

Best Practices

Accelerated and Summer Courses

Accelerated courses are full-credit classes compressed into weeks instead of months, with more intense learning at a faster pace, such as Summer Session.

Accelerated courses add several dynamics that instructors need to consider:

  1. Make the syllabus available to students at least one week prior to the beginning of the course so that students understand expectations before they must dive headfirst into coursework.
  2. Define the accelerated course. Daily/weekly workloads in accelerated courses are much heavier than  traditional semester-long courses. The daily workload in a four-week course will be about four times what a student would expect in a 16-week full semester course with the same number of credits. In other words, the workload for a three credit four week course is equivalent to a load of 12 credits during any four weeks of a 16-week semester.
  3. Build in participation points in the course (and spell them out in the syllabus) so that students know how absences from the course will impact grades. Decide whether to provide make-up points for missed participation. If students miss a large portion of an accelerated course, the instructor should consider how he/she would respond to a similar request during the academic year.

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Instructional Designers

We have two instructional designers on staff who are happy to meet with you to discuss any topics related to teaching and learning:

Carie Saunders Carie Saunders
Instructional Designer
Phone: (208) 885-7138
Doug Habib Doug Habib
Instructional Designer
Phone: (208) 885-6838

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