Many Colleges have decided to either go full-time on-line, or limit the class sizes in each semester. Because of the COVID-19 issue this year, 8 week block class schedules have been added to the semester forgoing the traditional 16 weeks. I for one was very excited to see classes put into 8 weeks. There are several schools that already offer 8 week classes, and many students seem to get through their degree programs faster.
What are the benefits of an 8 week class opposed to stretching it out 16 weeks? I've found that I'm not waiting for class work to open. Some people, such as myself, tend to get as much done as soon as possible.
Another benefit to 8 week classes are starting with less classes. It seems less overwhelming to pull up the syllabus of several classes and suddenly have to quickly organize a schedule to get the first week of introductions and work done.
The downside to 8 week blocks is that we are missing out on a Fall break. Even though that seems like they're taking the break out of the semester, we do finish classes right before Thanksgiving. So really, it's kind of a benefit for a longer winter break.
It'll be an adjustment for many to work through these 8 week blocks, but I think it'll be so much more of a benefit in the long run.