Presentation on theme: "INSTITUTIONAL READINESS What does it mean to be ready to do a major course redesign? Is your institution ready?"— Presentation transcript:
INSTITUTIONAL READINESS What does it mean to be ready to do a major course redesign? Is your institution ready?
INSTITUTIONAL READINESS CRITERIA Does your institution want to control or reduce costs and increase academic productivity? Are your institutional leaders committed to using information technology to achieve strategic academic goalsmoving beyond providing general support for all faculty and for all courses? Is computing firmly integrated into your campus culture?
INSTITUTIONAL READINESS CRITERIA Has your institution substituted capital for labori.e., used technology for functions previously performed by institutional personnel? Do you have a mature information technology (IT) organization(s) to support faculty integration of technology into courses? Or do you contract with external providers to provide such support?
INSTITUTIONAL READINESS CRITERIA Does your institution have a demonstrated commitment to learner-centered education? Has your institution made a commitment to assuring learner readiness to engage in IT-based courses? Is the institution committed to providing the needed support for the redesign project?
INSTITUTIONAL READINESS 1. Desire to increase academic productivity 2. Commitment to use technology strategically 3. Pervasive technology infrastructure 4. Capital-for-labor substitutions 5. Mature IT organization 6. Commitment to learner-centeredness 7. Commitment to learner readiness 8. Institutional support
COURSE READINESS Which courses are readyi.e., are good candidates for a comprehensive redesign? What should be considered in selecting courses?
COURSE READINESS CRITERIA Will changes in this course have a high impact on the curriculum?
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 Graduation bottleneck Lack of consistency in multiple sections Difficulty finding qualified adjuncts
COURSE READINESS CRITERIA Are decisions about curriculum in this department, program or school made collectivelyi.e., beyond the individual faculty member level? Are the faculty able and willing to incorporate existing curricular materials in order to focus work on redesign issues rather than materials creation?
COURSE READINESS CRITERIA Do the faculty members have an understanding of and some experience with integrating elements of computer-based instruction into existing courses? Have the courses expected learning outcomes and a system for measuring their achievement been identified? Do the project participants have the requisite skills?
COURSE READINESS CRITERIA Do the faculty involved have a good understanding of learning theory? Is there a recognition on your campus that large-scale course redesign using information technology involves a partnership among faculty, IT staff and administrators in both planning and execution?
COURSE READINESS CRITERIA 1. High impact 2. Collective decision-making 3. Willingness to incorporate existing materials 4. Experience using technology 5. Learning outcomes and way to measure 6. Requisite skills 7. Understanding of learning theory 8. Commitment to a partnership