Creating, Implementing, and Pricing Online Winter Intersession Courses


This report investigates the formation, implementation, and impact of online winter session courses.

Key observations from our research

1. Offer general education requirements during winter intersession to allow students to take electives or courses toward their major during spring semester.

2. Instructors volunteer to teach winter intersession courses and receive compensation commensurate with rank.

3. Make winter intersession at least two weeks long to allow students time to absorb and learn one semester of information in a condensed timeframe.

4. Allow undergraduate, graduate, external students, and non-degree students to enroll in winter intersession courses to increase winter intersession access and enrollments.

5. Charge students per credit hour and multiply this value by three to calculate the total cost of one, three-credit class.

6. Conduct focus groups and administer online surveys to participants upon completion of winter term to solicit feedback and make program changes.

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