I will be teaching a course which starts in a few weeks. To save time, I would like to ask the students to read the lab notes before coming to the first class, so that we can use the time in the first class efficiently.
Question: Is it unreasonable to ask students to read the lab notes for the first class before coming to the first class?
Some relevant information:
- The lecture notes are quite short. They are around 10 pages long, and it should take students at most 1–2 hours to read them.
- My plan is to post the lecture notes online. I will make an announcement in the learning management system to notify the students that I expect them to read the lecture notes before coming to class.
- The course will be taught as a lab course, i.e., students will spend 3 hours each week in the computer lab learning basic computer programming and data analysis. Throughout the rest of the course, students will be expected to read the lab notes as a sort of "pre-lab" to prepare them to handle the material in the lab.