I’ve recently had chats with a couple of people on the concept of two year trimester degrees. This isn’t a new idea in itself, but combined with a radical shake up of the curriculum and structure in those two years might offer a more useful and sustainable way of getting an education. Combine this with a far more flexible approach to learning and teaching
which should also include using a staff pool where ninety percent of those doing the teaching are not employed exclusively at a single institution (or even employed by any university at all, coming from industry or the professions)
, and you might just have a study product fit for purpose in twenty-first century global life.
Simply put, what about lectures in the morning, facilitation in the afternoon, for everything. Lectures run 9am – 1pm (mostly) face to face in all selected topics – and synchronously/asynchronously online, no exceptions. Facilitation face to face sessions run from 2pm – 6pm. Facilitation would include study support (for all curriculum topics concurrently), workshops and employment experience where relevant. Lectures would be given by theorists and practitioners where relevant. Online facilitation and support would be 24/7, even for live chat.
Wow. I’d go on a course like that. Where do I sign up?