Is an Extension January term course right for you?

In 3 weeks this January term, you can earn academic credit (lightening your normal fall or spring course load) or totally immerse yourself in the classroom experience for fun.

However, these courses cover a semester’s worth of material in about 17 days. So before you buy your books, you may want to take the quiz below to see if the intensive term is the right one for you.


1. Can you make the course your number 1 priority for 3 weeks?

2. Can you commit at least 3 hours a day, 4 to 5 days each week, for class?

3. Do you have time outside of class to meet for group projects?


If you answered yes to only 1 of the above questions: The January term may be too demanding of your already busy schedule. Consider a  spring term course (especially one offered online where you have the flexibility to watch lectures at your convenience), which stretches out the workload and makes it easier to balance all of your priorities. Or look into attending one of the short, noncredit programs offered by the Division of Continuing Education.

If you answered yes to 2 of the above questions: Review the syllabus of the January course that appeals to you and estimate the workload that will be expected of you. Consult with your manager (if employed), and your family, friends, or adviser (if in a degree program) to determine if you can commit to the January class and manage your other responsibilities.

If you answered yes to all 3 of the above questions: Read over the January session course descriptions and syllabi, and (if in a degree program) consult your adviser and use the degree course search to select your course. Then review the registration dates and guidelines.

November 3, 2010. Courses, Poll. 8 comments.

Choose your own classroom adventure

With the diversity of fall courses offered this year, I got to thinking about what it would take to design a course and what—if anything—could be added to the curricula here at the Extension School.

Other than a few pet interests (camping, indie rock, promotion of fun events) I came up with bupkis in terms of picking something I would want to learn about or teach beyond what’s already here.

So help me out. If you were to design a course that could be offered at the Extension School, what would it cover? What books would you want to include on the syllabus? Would your format be lecture- or discussion-based? Would you teach it, or if not, who would?

Leave your answers in the comments section, or e-mail them to me and I can post them for you.

July 7, 2010. Poll. 9 comments.

Tell us about your info session experience

Were you 1 of the hundreds who attended our information session yesterday?  There were people there from all over the US (coming from as far as Kansas) and even a few students from China.

It was great to meet so many new people and help answer some questions. Hopefully I will see some of you again in the classes I’m thinking about taking this fall (so many choices!).

Let us know what you thought about the event. Fill out the poll below or leave a comment. Your feedback helps us make these types of shindigs even better.

If you still have questions, send an e-mail to the program you are interested in (contact info is in Directory), or you can attend the individual program information sessions planned for this fall/winter.

June 16, 2010. Poll. 1 comment.

Take these 2 quick polls on noncredit workshops and new course formats

Harvard Extension School often conducts surveys to gauge interest in courses and programs. Your survey feedback sometimes leads to new or expanded academic offerings.  Right now, we are interested to hear your views on noncredit workshops and new course formats.  We have selected a random group of current and prospective students to participate in several surveys.  Watch your e-mail inbox for your chance to give us feedback.

Didn’t receive a survey? No problem. Take these 2 quick polls now and weigh in.

Anything else you want us to know?  Leave it in a comment on this post.

March 19, 2010. Courses, Poll. 1 comment.