Date: Tue Nov 20 09:50:30 2007

Author: Gerald Zani

Subject: Re: summer course scheduling

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Todd,

Brown has a summer studies department. They offer a full semester of Physics condensed into a 6 week summer session. In the summer course the total number of lecture hours, recitation hours and labs is the same as a regular academic semester.

I offer a limited number of lecture demos and at a limited availability. -- JZ

At 11:23 PM 11/19/2007, you wrote:
>greetings Tappers,
>
>At my school here we are already putting together summer 2008
>class scheduling. We are on the semester system, but in summer
>offer general
>intro. physics courses crammed into a 9 week session instead of the
>usual 15 week semester. I have never had to teach or take a class in
>this format,
>but here it means a student will have class and recitation lasting
>up to 4 hours,
>and a longer lab also (possibly the same day.)
>
>These hours don't sound conducive to good teaching/learning
>experiences to me.
>(Of course tuition $ is what matters most to some.)
>I was curious to know what your institutions do or offer during the
>summer. Do you
>also offer a condensed summer "semester," and if so do how do you
>handle the lab/recitation
>component differently during summer?
>
>Just wondering if this was common or not...
>
>Thanks,
>
>Todd DeVore
>devore@uab.edu

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Todd,
Brown has a summer studies department. They offer a full semester
of Physics condensed into a 6 week summer session. In the summer
course the total number of lecture hours, recitation hours and labs is
the same as a regular academic semester.
I offer a limited number of lecture demos and at a limited
availability. -- JZ
At 11:23 PM 11/19/2007, you wrote:
greetings Tappers,
At my school here we are already putting together summer 2008
class scheduling. We are on the semester system, but in
summer
offer general
intro. physics courses crammed into a 9 week session instead of the
usual 15 week semester. I have never had to teach or take a class
in
this format,
but here it means a student will have class and recitation
lasting
up to 4 hours,
and a longer lab also (possibly the same day.)
These hours don't sound conducive to good teaching/learning
experiences to me.
(Of course tuition $ is what matters most to some.)
I was curious to know what your institutions do or offer during the

summer. Do you
also offer a condensed summer "semester," and if so do how do
you
handle the lab/recitation
component differently during summer?
Just wondering if this was common or not...
Thanks,
Todd DeVore
devore@uab.edu



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