Mini-session Courses Remain Popular with USM Students, Faculty - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Mini-session Courses Remain Popular with USM Students, Faculty

HATTIESBURG, MS (THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI) – Five years after they were first introduced, The University of Southern Mississippi's mini-session courses continue to be popular with both students and faculty members.

Providing greater flexibility in scheduling classes, mini-session courses include an accelerated learning situation in which students can focus intensively on course subject matter. Offered between semesters, the courses are in one or two week formats, with one-week sessions meeting daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two-week sessions meet daily from 8 a.m. to noon, 1 - 5 p.m., or 6 - 10 p.m.

Since the first mini-session in 2006, more than 10,500 students have enrolled in the courses, with more than 1,000 enrolled in the 77 undergraduate and graduate courses offered in the January 2011 mini-session.
 

"Students can take a prerequisite needed for a course in the upcoming regular semester, or use a mini-session course to get ahead or catch up in their program of studies or to lighten the load for the regular semester," said Southern Miss Associate Provost Dr. Bill Powell

"For faculty, mini-session courses provide the opportunity for them to develop innovative courses and to work with students in a concentrated teaching and learning context."

Credit for mini-session courses is applied to the semester that follows. For example, the January mini-session is connected to the spring semester, and the August mini-session is connected to the fall semester. Credit hours taken during a mini-session also count as part of regular semester enrollment for federal and state financial aid programs.

Fully online courses are also available during mini-sessions. Depending upon the instructors' preference, an online class may require a specific daily chat time. Mini-session courses may require assignments due after the final class meeting date throughout the semester.

Emily Ladner, a junior psychology major from Sandy Hook, Miss. registered for a stress management course in the January 2011 mini-session, offered through the Department of Community Health Science. It is her first mini-session course.

"I like the format," she said. "It's a great learning environment because you get more one-on-one time with the instructor, and you get to know your fellow students better. I'll definitely take another one. "

Her instructor, Susan Graham-Kresge, has taught a course in nearly every mini-session. She agrees with Ladner that the format is conducive to a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

"After just one week, they leave with three credit hours and stress management skills they can use the rest of their lives. They also have more time to get to know each other, and I've seen relationships develop that normally don't happen in the regular semester."

Graham-Kresge also appreciates the format from an instructor's perspective. "You have a large block of time to work with so you can have more in-depth, quality discussions with the students," she said. "Plus, they don't have other classes during this time competing for their attention."

For more information on mini-session courses, online visit http://www.usm.edu/minisession/index.php

©2011 WDAM. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • "Superhero Saturday" held for Liquori Tate Memorial Foundation

    "Superhero Saturday" held for Liquori Tate Memorial Foundation

    Saturday, July 22 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-07-22 20:38:11 GMT

    Scooby-Doo, Captain America and other superheroes were at JavaWerks on Saturday to help raise money for the memorial foundation for a fallen Hattiesburg Police Officer. Officers Liquori Tate and Benjamin Deen were shot during a traffic stop on May 9, 2015, on East 4th Street.  Both officers later died at Forrest General Hospital from their injuries.  So far, three people have been sentenced in their murders. 

    More >>

    Scooby-Doo, Captain America and other superheroes were at JavaWerks on Saturday to help raise money for the memorial foundation for a fallen Hattiesburg Police Officer. Officers Liquori Tate and Benjamin Deen were shot during a traffic stop on May 9, 2015, on East 4th Street.  Both officers later died at Forrest General Hospital from their injuries.  So far, three people have been sentenced in their murders. 

    More >>
  • One killed, four injured after head-on collision on I-59 near Purvis

    One killed, four injured after head-on collision on I-59 near Purvis

    Saturday, July 22 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-07-22 20:12:16 GMT
    This vehicle was involved in a three-car fatal accident on I-59 near Purvis Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.This vehicle was involved in a three-car fatal accident on I-59 near Purvis Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    Mississippi Highway Patrol said a Hattiesburg man was killed after driving the wrong way on I-59 Friday night. Master Sergeant Brent Barfield, Public Information Officer for MHP Troop 6, said James Dawkins, 58, was driving northbound in the southbound land of I-59 when he collided head-on with another vehicle.  The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 52 in Lamar County.  Dawkins died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Barfield said the 21-yea...

    More >>

    Mississippi Highway Patrol said a Hattiesburg man was killed after driving the wrong way on I-59 Friday night. Master Sergeant Brent Barfield, Public Information Officer for MHP Troop 6, said James Dawkins, 58, was driving northbound in the southbound land of I-59 when he collided head-on with another vehicle.  The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 52 in Lamar County.  Dawkins died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Barfield said the 21-yea...

    More >>
  • Man critically injured after Jones County electrocution

    Man critically injured after Jones County electrocution

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:29 PM EDT2017-07-22 19:29:49 GMT
    Photo courtesy: Jones County Fire CouncilPhoto courtesy: Jones County Fire Council

    A Friday afternoon electrocution in Jones County left one man critically injured. The electrocution happened at Pitts Swabbing Service on Highway 84 East when a man operating an oil derrick reportedly came into contact with a high voltage cable, according to a press release from the Jones County Fire Council. After part of the vehicle came into contact with the cable, the man was electrocuted by tens of thousands of volts and sustained significant burns. The man was a...

    More >>

    A Friday afternoon electrocution in Jones County left one man critically injured. The electrocution happened at Pitts Swabbing Service on Highway 84 East when a man operating an oil derrick reportedly came into contact with a high voltage cable, according to a press release from the Jones County Fire Council. After part of the vehicle came into contact with the cable, the man was electrocuted by tens of thousands of volts and sustained significant burns. The man was a...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly