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short & fat method?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by msa969, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. msa969

    msa969 New commenter

    I am reading specs and teaching guides for new courses, it mentions teaching using short and fat method, and the other one i think they call long and thin, what do they mean?
  2. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    ***!! ROFLOL. When you find out, let us all know. These are brand spanking new shiny acronyms, not of heard of before.
  3. elder_cat

    elder_cat Established commenter

    Never heard of either of those before :D but as a wild guess, maybe it refers to the depth in which you cover a given topic, and as a consequence, the time spent covering it ?

    The fat versus thin part:
    • 'Short and fat' sessions would cover a topic in more breadth but less depth.
    • 'Long and thin' sessions would cover a topic in less breadth but greater depth.
    The long versus short part:
    • The depth in which you covered a topic, determines the time spent on that topic.
    Any lesson could contain both fat and thin elements, as a means of differentiation, allowing more able students to do 'thin' tasks, requiring greater depth of understanding of a topic ?
  4. msa969

    msa969 New commenter

    I read a lot of stuff yesterday and my mind was not the most lucid, perhaps i got the wording mixed up.
  5. itgeek

    itgeek New commenter

    I always understood short and fat to refer to a unit timetables in a semester as opposed to long and thin over a year. So long and thin 1 hr per week for a year and short and fat being 2 hrs per week for a semester.
  6. elder_cat

    elder_cat Established commenter

    Makes sense to me :)

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