A night class is a flexible alternative to attending daytime classes. Night classes are advantageous when students work during the day or have childcare demands that do not allow for day classes. Many traditional classes tend to interfere with the modern student’s work and home life schedule. A night class is set up in a similar fashion and approach as a day class, however, it tends to last longer. The night class may be proctored on a once per week basis for several hours at a time. Scheduled breaks are incorporated into the class schedule to let students have a break. Working students may be tired and this presents a challenge for the faculty to create an engaging and interactive classroom environment to capture everyone’s attention and cooperation. The faculty member tends to provide the lesson and lecture during the first half of the course to make every effort to capture the attention of the students. During the second half of the course, the students may be engaged in group work to keep everyone awake and intermingling.
Each course is set up with a course syllabus that clearly outlines reading assignments, due dates, deliverables, expectations, course deliverables, and a final exam. The student is provided with the syllabus in advance to help manage their time effectively. They may be allowed to work ahead of the schedule to complete assignments before the due date. Late points tend to be deducted regularly in night classes because of the atypical schedule. The course may also include individual or group projects that are to be worked on in conjunction with their academic didactic. The faculty member may likely be very flexible with communicating with students. Electronic mail is a fairly common and well received communication medium while others accept text messages. Some night class faculty create large group text message groups to provide updates or reminders to the students.
Some night classes are performed in a traditional classroom setting with face-to-face interactions while others allow for flexible attendance. Some flexible attendance courses allow students to login to the virtual classroom and can interact with the faculty and classmates. Many assignments and other course deliverables are posted online and the student can submit their assignments into the virtual classroom. Night classes are focused on providing a convenient schedule for the adult student. The flexibility does not replace the need for high quality assignments and projects. The general flow of a night class is comparable to a day class.