I am trying to find alternatives to the term crash course, in reference to a training session that intends to get you started with a topic quickly.
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I attended a "Boot Camp" for a programming language once. The phrase is a good match if the intent is "initial indoctrination and instruction". I am not sure if that is an American expression, though.
Accelerated Training Module
Accelerated Learning Module
Intensive Training Program
It is sometimes called a "primer"
It can be used as such:
A crash course tends to be seen as "throw them in and see if they can swim" type of course where the reason for doing things is left out and you're only told the basics you need to function. For example, a crash course on wordpress would teach you how to use the basic functionality you needed to post because it was a part of your job.
A primer on the other hand teaches you the fundamentals so you can move into deeper water as you see fit.
There are no alternatives for the words as such. The other one I came across is crash program which is substituting just the "course" part of it. Crash course is more popular. Crash course is an intense training/learning exercise which is undertaken usually when a person wants to learn something extensive in short duration of time.
You might call it a cram. Wiktionary defines noun cram as "The act of cramming" or "Information hastily memorized". Or use cram as an adjective; for example: "He spent two weeks at a cram school, but her cram course was only three days long."
As a verb, cram means "To put hastily through an extensive course of memorizing or study, as in preparation for an examination; as, a pupil is crammed by his tutor", or "To make crude preparation for a special occasion, as an examination, by a hasty and extensive course of memorizing or study", among other senses.
I like this question! There are certainly requirements to alternatives to "A crash course in computer programming" or "A Crash Course in piloting light aircraft" - unless you like the idea that the course titles conveys a slightly humourous intent.
To me "Cram" suggests studying to pass the post-course test - not the course itself.
"Boot Camp" most definitely IS military and describes many fast-paced IT courses - e.g. MCSE Boot Camp - it also implies intensive, but not necesarily quick. An MCSE for example requires 7 or more exams to be passed - most of these exams have an associated course, some of which are 1 to 2 weeks long - but the boot camp may offer to teach you what you need for all 7 exams in 1 month, many are residential (like military!) and maybe by working 10 hour days and still expecting books to be read overnight.
The reason people are asking for context is that if your fast paced course is over 1 month, boot camp is good - if it's over 1-2 days then boot camp isn't suitable, and Intensive would work better.
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