The responses to the "Bootcamp" idea that I have received either on the blog or via email have been overwhelmingly positive.
It's too late on a Friday afternoon for me to do the topic justice, but here is a foretaste:
The two concerns are
a. The name "Bootcamp" may sound too military, and may have negative connotations, and
b. The programme should be marketed as highly positive, and not be associated with punishment or fear.
To that I have added a few concerns too
a. Maybe it is too early in the year. Students don't know what they don't know.
b. Maybe it is too long an interruption in one go.
So, I have thought that maybe we should spread it thus
a. Two weeks at the beginning of the year.
b. Two weeks towards the end of the first term (i.e. just after assessment - maybe during moderation
Finally, I thought we could include the whole thing in the current discussions that I am having about Prof Prac - and actually include it in there.
I will, however go very carefully through all the suggestions and then put it to a working committee.