Haste and waste

March 30, 2017

The opinion article “Two-year degrees? On the road to enlightenment, speed kills” (9 March) considered the downsides of accelerated degree courses.

I ran a two-year law degree programme for just over a year. The logistics of marking, second-marking, external examiner moderation and exam boards three times a year after every term was incredibly stressful.

It was also impossible to complete the process in the time available. This often led to students being told in week three of the term that they would have to drop the module that they had just started and go back and retake a failed module from the previous term. This could be very upsetting and demoralising for students.

Hazel Dawe
Via timeshighereducation.com

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