I. Course Design Principles > B. Course Content

I.B.6 The amount of time students are expected to spend on the content and activities is reasonable
given the level of the class and student preparation.

Values Supported



Academic rigor must not be compromised in a distance or hybrid-format class. Beyond that, the underlying concept for this element is fairly self-explanatory.

This element supports Transparency and Responsibility, because the introductory materials for the course should make clear what the expectations are for how much time students should devote to the course.


The particulars will be determined by the standards of the different academic departments and disciplines. Given the mode in which the course is offered (blended or fully online), choices of activities are dependent on the technology available for the course.


“Time on task” is an important principle for good undergraduate teaching, as discussed by Chickering and Gamson: