If you’re thinking about taking one of the seven-week intensive classes being offered this fall, you might be interested in the experience of students who took the classes – and the instructors who taught them – when they were offered for the first time during the Spring 2013 semester.
I chatted with a handful of students and instructors, and some of the people I talked to really liked the intensive course format. One student, who works part time while raising a family, said the intensives allowed her to complete two classes in one semester while only having to juggle one class at a time. Although the workload was doubled, keeping track of the assignments was simplified by only having one class at a time to focus on.
For other students, the fast pace was stressful. They said they preferred the slower pace of a regular semester-long class, giving them more time to complete assignments and reflect on what they were learning.