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:
- Redesign the whole course
- Encourage active learning
- Provide students with individualized assistance
- Build in ongoing assessment and prompt (automated) feedback
- 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