Students may prefer intensive course models

March 30, 2008

"Intensive" or compressed courses, with more hours per week over a shorter timeframe, are a key advantage of many for-profit and online educational institutions. Previous studies have found that student learning outcomes are comparable -- now a recent study at the University of Texas at Austin found that students "give significantly better ratings of course effectiveness" to compressed courses. Intensive courses may be more popular with students, perhaps because they create a more intensive level of engagement with classmates and professors. More research is requiredInside Higher Ed