While most accelerated programs rely on students taking accelerated courses in order to quicken the pace of their degree, it’s not necessarily required at all programs. If you enroll in a program that only offers 8 week (or less) courses, then you’ll be required to take accelerated courses. If your program offers 16 week courses, though, you won’t necessarily have to take accelerated courses. Without accelerated courses, though, it will be difficult to really quicken the pace of your degree. The only way you could do this would be by coming into the program with a lot of transfer credits.
Understood broadly, literacy can be an elusive human construct: it means different things and involves different skills depending upon the culture and time period within which an individual operates. Whilst in the western world ‘literacy’ has traditionally meant the ability to read and write with pencil and paper, this makes a nonsense of societies with oral traditions and records. Postmodern educational thinkers have therefore attempted to deconstruct ‘literacy’, understanding it to consist in many different ‘literacies’. The main stimulus to this, as Kellner (2002:163) attests, is the widening use of technology in society: