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Intensive courses: compressed, condensed, or accelerated courses deliver content within a shortened period of time. An intensive course is not meant to be a copy and paste of a traditional full-semester course.
Meet more frequently for a shorter period of time for class activities, discussions, and group work.
Have increased number of out-of-class, self-study commitment hours for pre intensive course preparation.
Intensive courses provide a different modality to the higher educational environment. Non-traditional students, such as second-degree-seeking, desire to return to school while keeping pace with their daily responsibilities and therefore require non-traditional methods of instruction. This type of course delivery allows for easier access and integration into daily life than traditional course delivery.
Maximize adult learning opportunities to achieve course outcomes in a condensed time frame
Use measurements that assess multiple outcomes and objectives
Since there is an increase in enrollment of non-traditional students, universities are challenged to consider learning opportunities that meet the needs of non-traditional students.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
UNLV Office of Faculty Affairs
Nontraditional college students
Education | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Nicholas, Lisa; Leland, Necole; Pfannes, Jennifer; Dumangan, Jovi; Hinchman, Hope; Little, Gretchen; and Silvestri-Elmore, Angela E., "An Intensive Course: Benefits for Non-Traditional Students in a Practice-Based Discipline" (2022). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 162.
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