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Flexible Scheduling for Entrepreneurs at Community College

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Flexible Scheduling for Entrepreneurs at Community College


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Today’s entrepreneurs need to have a presence on the web, but often have little time for “teaching themselves” and a small budget for “hiring to have it done.”  Parkland Community College offers web design coursework that has been modularized to provide more flexible scheduling options for busy entrepreneurs.


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As an instructor in the web design program at Parkland Community College, I am involved in entrepreneurship education from many different angles: teaching entrepreneurial tools like how to create a website, nurturing students to think creatively, and constantly exploring new ideas in curriculum development.


With all of this entrepreneurial energy around, flexible course delivery options are vital. The diverse population at a community college often includes adults who are working full-time and unable to devote enough time to complete the projects involved in a 3-hour course.  To make learning course content more flexible, I took the content of the introductory 3-hour web design course and created three, 1-hour courses that cover the same material so busy students can  learn the material over the course of more than one semester. It is possible to enroll in the 1-hour courses anytime before midterm of the semester. To accommodate online students needing the opportunity to occasionally meet in person, an open classroom time is available a few hours each week when students can “walk in” and get individualized help from the instructor in a lab environment. When space is available, interested students are also invited to attend lecture sessions that are scheduled in the campus sections of the 3-hour course. In the spring semester of this school year, more options are being added with the possibility of 3-4 hour blocks of lecture material being presented several times during the semester in a lab environment that allows hands-on activity. Handouts and details of implementing this method will be given.

Ruthann Whobrey, Associate Professor, Parkland College, IL

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