Reading a few other posts from this week and the last gets me thinking about how we “do” education. For students to be successful (and complete on time), they really need to bet taking at least 4 classes a semester. Now we know that for many students this is almost impossible. They have to worry about work, kids, family, and other activities. There are too many things going on during the semester to count. And doggone it Dave Sprenkle… I think my class needs to be at the center of the Universe (or at least the galaxy). Funny allegory there… we find supermassive black holes at the center of many galaxies (including out own). I would think that many students would agree that Anatomy & Physiology is a supermassive black hole that can suck you in and spaghettify you (see illustration).
Maybe we should start looking at new ways to offer our curriculum to students where, at least for a time, a single course could be at the center of their attention. Aren’t we concerned about student success? Let’s take a look at Colorado College for just a minute. There, students take one class at a time (and faculty teach one class at a time). it is a 4-5 week session and they meet multiple hours a day. Fully immersing in the subject for that season. Courses that are a sequence would take a couple of sessions in a row. Just think, in a 16 week semester, students could take 4 courses, one at a time. Sounds delightful to me. What do you think?