How much work should you be assigning? It can be difficult to estimate how much time it takes students to complete common academic tasks. The Course Workload Estimator is a valuable tool to help you get a better feel for the approximate workload of your out-of-class assignments.
The Course Workload Estimator is intended to support you in planning the appropriate out-of-class workload for your students, not to reduce rigor, but to reduce barriers to student success. In fact, with clearer communication about course workload expectations, student learning can be enhanced and faculty frustration can be reduced.
It is very common for faculty to underestimate how much time it would take students to complete the reading and other assignments for a course. If anything in your estimate surprises you, please reach out for a Consultation to discuss strategies to align your workload.