It was really interesting for me to skim through my course and look at what I had students doing, and then really determine what the objectives and goals should be for each module. I found a lot of extraneous activities that I had put in different modules, and I will have to closely examine them to see if they truly help learners achieve the ultimate objectives, or if I used them as filler.
I also found it interesting that in the two articles I found about designing accelerated courses, they stress the importance of engagement, hands on and practical application, exactly the same things should apply to any course design! I took the stand in the discussion that abbreviated courses should be abbreviated in length only, not concepts and content. I don’t know if my opinion was particularly popular, but to me, no matter how long the course, I think the same concepts and content should be delivered. I don’t take an 8 week course because it’s “easier” I take it because it fits better in to my life. If I thought I would get less out of it, I probably would opt for the 16 week course.