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HOW TO REDESIGN A COLLEGE COURSE USING NCAT'S METHODOLOGY

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  Introduction
I. The Essential Elements of Course Redesign
A description of eight elements that are essential to successful course redesign.
II. Getting Ready to Redesign
A discussion of how to assess your institution's readiness to redesign and a description of available NCAT resources to support redesign.
IIIA. Six Models for Course Redesign: Those Most Frequently Used
A description of three of the six NCAT course redesign models: Supplemental, Replacement and Emporium.
IIIB Six Models for Course Redesign: Those Less Frequently Used
A description of three of the six NCAT course redesign models: Fully Online, Buffet and Linked Workshop.
IV. New Instructional Roles
A description of new kinds of positions that support faculty and students in large-scale course redesign.
V. How to Reduce Instructional Costs
A description of the most effective strategies to reduce instructional costs.
VI. How to Create Small within Large
A description of techniques that let you focus on individual students within a large class setting.
VII. How to Assess Student Learning
A description of the most effective and efficient ways to asess student learning.
VIII. How to Compare Completion Rates
A description of how and why to compare the percentages of students who finished the course with grades of C or better.
IX. How to Address Specific Faculty Concerns
A discussion of how to adress specific faculty concerns such as their changing roles, responsibilities, workloads, and training.
X. How to Deal with Technological Issues
A discussion of how to deal with issues such as choosing software, assessing student computer literacy, and providing technical support.
XI. How to Ensure Student Participation
A discussion of how to introduce the redesign to students, how to get them to do the work and what to do if they do not do the work.
XII. Planning and Implementing the Redesign: A Timeline and Checklist
A discussion of the four phases of planning and implementing the redesign including a detailed checklist.
XIII. Developing a Written Redesign Plan: Why It's Important
A specific description of what should be included in a written redesign plan and why each element is important.
XIV. Building and Maintaining Consensus
A discussion of the most serious implementation issue encountered by all NCAT redesigns: building and maintaining consensus.
   
  Appendices:
   
A. Assessment Planning Forms
  Assessment Reporting Forms
Four sets of forms that enable teams to report comparative student learning outcomes using the methods described in Chapter VII.
B. Completion Reporting Forms
Two sets of forms that enable teams to report comparative student completion rates using the methods described in Chapter VII.
C. Cost Planning Tool
  Cost Planning Tool Examples
  Cost Planning Tool Instructions
A tool that enables teams to compare the cost of the traditional and the redesigned course and demonstrate cost savings.
D. Scope of Effort Worksheet
  Scope of Effort Worksheet Instructions
A tool that enables teams to compare the time instructors spend on the traditional and redesigned course.