HOW TO REDESIGN A COLLEGE COURSE USING NCAT'S METHODOLOGY
Scope of Effort Worksheet
The Scope of Effort Worksheet is a spreadsheet-based decision-making tool that enables institutions to compare the before activities (the traditional course) and the after activities (the redesigned course). Completing it allows you to consider changes in specific instructional tasks, make decisions about how to use technology (or not) for specific tasks, visualize duplicative or unnecessary effort and complete a cost/benefit analysis regarding the right type of personnel for each instructional task.
In planning for cost reduction as a part of redesign, there are two steps. The first is to complete the Scope of Effort Worksheet for the traditional and redesigned formats of the course. These let you demonstrate how the number of hours spent by each person involved in the course can change. The second step is to translate those “saved” hours to one of NCAT’s cost reduction strategies and capture your chosen strategy on NCAT’s Cost Planning Tool.
If you stop at the first step, you may create what NCAT calls paper savings. By paper savings we mean savings that represent a workload reduction for individual faculty members or others but do not produce cost savings for the department or institution.
Reducing time spent by individual faculty members and others as displayed on the Scope of Effort Worksheet is an enabler that allows you to choose a cost savings strategy, one of the choices listed in Chapter V. For example, if a faculty member or TA spends half the time on the redesigned course that was spent on the traditional course, the faculty member or TA could increase section enrollment or carry two sections without an increase in workload. That then produces real savings to the institution.
The Scope of Effort Worksheet consists of two parts:
Here are the steps required to complete the Scope of Effort Worksheet and to calculate the savings that result from redesigning a course:
STEP 1 – Determine the average amount of time each type of instructor involved in preparing and offering one section of the course in its traditional format spends on each of the tasks by using the worksheet columns labeled “Traditional Course.”
STEP 2 – Determine the average amount of time each type of instructor involved in preparing and offering one section of the course in its redesigned format spends on each of the tasks by using the worksheet columns labeled “Redesigned Course.”
How to Complete the Traditional Course Worksheet Columns
Note: Data displayed for the course activities on the Traditional Course worksheet columns should reflect one section of the whole course for each type of instructional personnel.
How to Complete the Redesigned Course Worksheet Columns
Note: Data displayed for the course activities on the Redesigned Course worksheet columns should reflect one section of the whole course.