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Comments on: Alas, there really is no free lunch http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/03/07/alas-there-really-is-no-free-lunch/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 By: Knitting Clio http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/03/07/alas-there-really-is-no-free-lunch/comment-page-1/#comment-7928 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:08:20 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/03/07/alas-there-really-is-no-free-lunch/#comment-7928 I reckon that part of this is prompted by underutilization of classroom space on MWF. Many in my building are empty between 11-2pm on MWF. So, if there were M,W classes at those times I’m sure they would fill.

I agree with Frothy — much of the problem is with faculty who want a two day schedule. I spread mine out M-R, but it is nice to have Fridays to go to archives in the region and/or conferences. Students often don’t show up on Fridays anyway, in my experience anyway.

By: JBJ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/03/07/alas-there-really-is-no-free-lunch/comment-page-1/#comment-7863 Sun, 09 Mar 2008 01:32:26 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/03/07/alas-there-really-is-no-free-lunch/#comment-7863 That I’m willing to teach the MWF schedule is one very strong reason that I get to teach more or less whatever I want.

I agree with your last paragraph, and would go even further: Many students try to get the twice-a-week schedule, and then fill up their time around it, which then becomes the reason for a twice-a-week schedule! Not the best.

By: Frothy McBaldman http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/03/07/alas-there-really-is-no-free-lunch/comment-page-1/#comment-7857 Sat, 08 Mar 2008 15:37:31 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/03/07/alas-there-really-is-no-free-lunch/#comment-7857 On our campus the twice-a-week imperative has reached critical mass: on Tuesdays and Thursday there’s nary an empty classroom, and parking cannot be had after 9am. The profs jockey for TTh arrangements as well, which makes scheduling a dickens for the chair. Some have more pressing needs for the long F-M weekend than others, but the logic of our course rotation dictates that they be denied every three semesters or so. A good time is not had by all.

I have no strong preference either way, but the tendency occurs as a double-edged sword in my little world. On the one hand, I wound up with a M-F schedule in the coming fall: the odds that a 400-level course for majors scheduled at any time other than late TTh afternoon would actually make were against me,
so I bit that particular bullet for the sake of salesmanship. At the same time, however, an introductory course I teach on MWF is capped at 35 students, but scarcely 20 enrolled in my section. They filled the twice-a-week options to capacity instead.

I sympathize with those students whose commitments prompt them to seek out accommodating schedules, but I believe that most inclined to the twice-a-week pattern don’t have a particularly pressing need for it. I question the wisdom of reinventing the wheel if the students who genuinely need the change may not actually benefit from it.