What Course Format Works Best for You?

The Palmer School Course Formats

Please consider your individual learning style when selecting your Palmer courses. If you know that you are very self-disciplined, that you can manage your time and you are an independent learner, then the hybrid or online courses should work well for you. If you tend to procrastinate or you feel like you need more intensive guidance from your professors, you should consider taking primarily in-person courses. The intensive in-person classes work well for those who are able to manage their time and keep pace with the class.  Although there is generally a short break in these intensive classes, students should be able to sit and pay attention for a long period of time.

Following is an explanation of Palmer’s various course formats:

In-person over the entire fall or spring semester

  • Classes meet as a group with the professor for 14 weeks, 1 hour and 50 minutes per session. All work is due at the end of the semester.

In-person over a summer session

  • Classes meet as a group with the professor for five weeks, twice weekly for 2 hours and 40 minutes. All work is due at the end of the five week session.

Hybrid class (fall, spring or summer semesters)

  • Class meets approximately four or five times in person as a group with the professor; majority of the class is conducted through the Blackboard platform asynchronously. Students submit work online, observing all deadlines as determined by the professor. All work is due at the end of the semester.

Online class (fall, spring or summer semesters)

  • Class does not meet in person at any point. Work is assigned through the Blackboard platform and students submit all work online and meet all deadlines as determined by the professor. There may be the occasional synchronous online meeting but the majority of the course is conducted asynchronously. All work is due at the end of the semester.

Intensive in-person class

  • During the summer and winter sessions, courses are sometimes offered over five days or two or three long weekends. These classes meet all day for the scheduled days (usually five or six hours). Work is generally due some weeks after the conclusion of the in-person meetings.
  • During the fall and spring semesters, courses may meet for five hours over six weekend days. All work is due by the end of the six week period. These courses are frequently followed by another course that meets for the succeeding six weeks, enabling students to complete two courses over the semester while only attending one course at a time on the weekend.