What kinds of things the students did

For the students, the implications of this course structure had even more dramatic implications for the way in which they spent their time. For instance, a radically increased amount of time was spent in making decisions, individually and in groups, about their own learning, in evaluating their own and their colleagues' work, in composing and editing (individually and collaboratively) on computers, in attending campus activities ("Occasions"), and writing about them and discussing them in writing with others in the class. Other activities which would, we believe, have occupied a much greater amount of student time than would be the case in a conventional first-year course included reading widely in a range of appropriately demanding current periodicals, and conducting library and other research, involving using the on-line catalogue, periodical indices (both print and electronic), and the periodicals themselves -- in print, microfilm, and electronic form. Proportionately less time was spent in attending full-class meetings, in listening to lectures and taking notes, or in reading in required textbooks.

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