The problem with classes that only meet every other week (whether satellite or not) is the lack of contact time in between sessions and the lack of structure in between sessions. May I suggest that you set up a mailing list for the class. Require the students to log on, say at least 3 times, in between each class session. You can post questions to the mailing list or just have the students have a discussion about the problems and the text. You can use this as a way to have the students respond to the readings from the text over the material that you will cover in the NEXT satellite session. In that way you are sure they are ready for the material.
Just some thoughts.
>I have been asked to teach a one-semester introductory linear algebra >course through satellite. ...The course has 8 3-hour sessions, every two >weeks. >The students are >expected to spend about 5 hours out-of-class time for every session. >...How would you teach it?
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