by Jorge Reyna, Educational Designer working with the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University
What is intensive mode delivery?
Intensive mode refers to various alternatives to semester delivery of units; wherein teaching and learning occurs over a shorter timeframe than a semester. Intensive units provide greater access and opportunity to students who require greater flexibility in order to balance family, work and study (Curtis, 2000). Recent research has found that students regard intensive units as a short-cut and do less work than they would in a semester’s unit (Welsh, 2012). A secondary concern students pointed is fatigue toward the end of the unit. It is well-known that fatigue undermines learning and performance (Kahol et al, 2008). These issues pointed the need to ensure that the intensive mode delivery is not undermining student learning opportunities and outcomes.