Presentation on theme: "READINESS CRITERIA What does it mean to be ready to do a major course redesign? Is your institution ready? Which courses are readyi.e., are good candidates."— Presentation transcript:
READINESS CRITERIA What does it mean to be ready to do a major course redesign? Is your institution ready? Which courses are readyi.e., are good candidates for a comprehensive redesign?
WHATS NEXT? Establish institutional teams November 19, 2007 Deadline for submitting Course Readiness Instrument January 24, 2008 Workshop #2: Developing the Proposal
READINESS CRITERION #1 Course Choice What impact would redesigning the course have on the curriculum, on students and on the institutioni.e., why do you want to redesign this course?
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT HIGH IMPACT High drop-failure-withdrawal rates Student performance in subsequent courses Students on waiting lists Student complaints Other departmental complaints Lack of consistency in multiple sections Difficulty finding qualified adjuncts
READINESS CRITERION #2 Redesign Model Which redesign model do you think would be most appropriate for your redesign? Why? What aspects fit your particular discipline and your particular students?
READINESS CRITERION #3 Assessment Plan Which assessment model do you think would be most appropriate for your redesign? Why?
ASSESSMENT GOAL To establish the degree to which improved learning has been achieved as a result of the course redesign.
ASSESSMENT PLANNING Step 1. Establish the method of obtaining data. Step 2. Choose the measurement method.
ESTABLISH THE METHOD OF OBTAINING DATA Baseline Before (traditional) and After (redesign) Parallel Sections – Compare traditional sections and redesigned sections
CHOOSE THE MEASUREMENT METHOD: FIVE MODELS A. Comparisons of Final Exams B. Comparisons of Common Content Items Selected from Exams C. Comparisons of Pre- and Post- Tests D. Comparisons of Student Work using Common Rubrics E. Comparisons of Course Grades using Common Criteria
READINESS CRITERION #4 Cost Savings Plan Which cost savings strategy do you think would be most appropriate for your redesign? Why?
COST SAVINGS GOAL Create cost savings that can be used to sustain ongoing redesign, to fund future operations and to free up resources for program and/or institutional priorities.
WHATS YOUR ENROLLMENT SITUATION? Is your enrollment growing or projected to grow? Is your enrollment stable or declining?
ACCOMMODATE ENROLLMENT GROWTH Increase the number of sections. Increase section size. Change the mix of personnel teaching the course. Mix and match for greater savings!
RIO SALADO COLLEGE Pre-Calculus Math Traditional 4 courses taught by 4 instructors Student interaction = each instructor $49 cost-per- student Redesign 4 courses taught by 1 instructor Student interaction = interactive software, 1 course assistant, and 1 instructor $31 cost-per-student
U OF TENNESSEE Spanish Traditional 57 sections (~27) Adjuncts + 6 TAs 100% in class $167,074 ($2931/section) 1529 students @ $109 Redesign 38 sections (~54) Instructor-TA pairs 50% in class, 50% online $56,838 ($1496/section) 2052 students @ $28
STABLE COURSE ENROLLMENT Reduce the number of sections and increase the section size. Reduce the number of graduate teaching assistants (Only 9 of 30 projects!) Change the mix of personnel teaching the course. Mix and match for greater savings!
FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY General Biology Traditional 7 sections (~35) 7 faculty 100% wet labs $131,610 $506 cost-per-student Redesign 2 sections (~140) 4 faculty 50% wet, 50% virtual $98,033 $350 cost-per-student
VIRGINIA TECH Linear Algebra Traditional 38 sections (~40) 10 tenured faculty, 13 instructors, 15 GTAs 2 hours per week $91 cost-per-student Redesign Single section (1520) 1 tenured faculty, graduate & under- graduate assistants 24 x 7 in open computer lab $21 cost-per-student
READINESS CRITERION #5 Learning Materials Are the faculty able and willing to incorporate existing curricular materials in order to focus work on redesign issues rather than materials creation?
READINESS CRITERION #6 Active Learning Do the faculty members have an understanding of and some experience with integrating elements of computer-based instruction into existing courses?
READINESS CRITERION #7 Collective Commitment Describe the members of your team, the skills they bring to the project and what their roles will be in both the planning and implementation phases of the project.
READINESS CRITERIA 1. Course Choice 2. Redesign Model 3. Assessment Plan 4. Cost Savings Plan 5. Learning Materials 6. Active Learning 7. Collective Commitment
ASSIGNMENT Criteria #2 - #4 Read the appropriate document from you packet. What do you need to consider in making a choice? Why choose one vs. another? What do you need to take into account in implementing a particular model or strategy? Choose one person to report back.
ASSIGNMENT Criteria #5 - #7 Read the readiness criteria description in the Application Guidelines. What issues do you need to consider in developing your responses? What evidence would you provide to indicate your readiness? If there are gaps in your readiness, how would you plan to address them? Choose one person to report back.