The Dynamics of Accelerated Learning
Business Education & Accreditation, v. 4 (1) p. 101-112
12 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2013
Date Written: 2012
As accelerated programs are maturing in higher education, and populations of non-traditional learners are soaring nationwide as well as internationally, there is still quite some ambiguity regarding the rigor and validity of these programs. Opposing sounds mainly come from full time faculty, and administrators, due to insufficient familiarity with the different teaching concepts that intensive formats require, and erroneous perceptions about student populations in general. This paper examines the reasons for the continuing growth of accelerated programs in higher education, reviews the main concerns as well as the main advantages of intensive course formats, and presents some important prerequisites and considerations for successful teaching in these courses.
Keywords: accelerated programs, intensive formats, academic rigor, andragogy, situational leadership, non-traditional student populations, adult learners
JEL Classification: I23
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