ERIC Number: ED242372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-21
Reference Count: 0
Communication on the Weekends: One Cost Saving, Energy Saving, People Saving Idea.
Kline, Lois Twombley
In 1981, Pikes Peak Community College initiated a new Continuing Education Area, which featured a "weekend college" for communication classes held on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Faculty and administrators have identified several advantages of the weekend college, including the following: (1) since classes are held in existing facilities, there is only a minimal additional financial outlay; (2) the weekend classes do not take students from weekday classes, rather they add additional students to the total enrollment; (3) the weekend schedule can provide for the special needs of regularly enrolled students; (4) weekend scheduling allows for flexibility in the assignment of full- and part-time instructors; and (5) necessary auxiliary materials and audio-visual equipment are readily available. Some basic guidelines have been developed to help both faculty and students, which include varying the instructional approach at least every 2 hours; scheduling assignments carefully for the optimum use of time; preparing a course content schedule that is divided into 1- to 3-hour blocks to help gauge time accurately; and allowing students to take part in decisions that affect the class. The major problem in implementing a weekend program involves recruiting students who are not in close contact with the campus, but this can be overcome through radio spots, newspaper advertising, and promotional posters. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pikes Peak Community College CO
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Western Speech Association (Seattle, WA, February 18-21, 1984).