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Course Redesign

What is course redesign?  The 21st century approach to course redesign involves more than selecting new materials or creating new assignments.  Redesigning a course means fundamentally rethinking how and when students encounter subject material, how and when they interact with each other, and how and when they interact with you, the instructor.

  • Some of these redesigned encounters and interactions may be facilitated by technology.
  • A redesigned course is one that aligns closely with our knowledge of how learning works. 
  • Typically, the courses that show the most potential for enhancing student learning through course redesign are intro-level courses, courses that are taught in multiple sections, General Studies courses, and courses with high numbers of non-majors.  Any course, though, can benefit from redesign.
  • Existing models of course redesign include blended learning, various modified delivery schedules including hybrid and fully online, problem-based learning, the “flipped” classroom, and supplemental instruction.

The following are Five Principles of Successful Course Redesign, as identified by the National Center for Academic Transformation:

  1. Redesign the whole course
  2. Encourage active learning
  3. Provide students with individualized assistance
  4. Build in ongoing assessment and prompt (automated) feedback
  5. Ensure sufficient time on task and monitor student progress 



The National Center for Academic Transformation:

University of North Texas Next Generation Course Redesign

MSU Denver Educational Technology Center

Auraria Library Faculty Resources Page

MSU Denver Department of Academic Assessment

MSU Denver General Studies Program

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