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HOW TO ORGANIZE A CAMPUS-WIDE COURSE REDESIGN PROGRAM USING NCAT'S METHODOLOGY

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Introduction

I. The Critical Components of a Successful Course Redesign Program
  • Organize a public program with clear and specific goals
  • Take a “funnel” approach
  • Provide resources and support for participants
  • Use a competitive process
  • Require accountability
II. Assessing Institutional Readiness to Redesign
  • Assess your institution’s readiness to redesign
    • Campus support
    • Financial support
  • Take advantage of NCAT resources
    • Background reading
    • Redesign case studies
    • Campus visits
    • Redesign scholars
  • Readiness checklist
III. Making Key Decisions before the Program's Launch
  • Develop a Call to Participate and Application Guidelines
  • Make decisions about necessary elements of the program
  • Make decisions about optional elements of the program
  • Key decisions checklist
IV. Developing a Plan of Work
  • Establish a program timeline
  • Develop a publicity plan
  • Create a program website
V. Building Awareness and Capacity
  • Get campus leadership on board
  • Announce the new initiative
  • Distribute the Call to Participate
  • Distribute the Application Guidelines
  • Plan and conduct Workshop I: An Orientation to Course Redesign
VI. Assessing Course Readiness
  • Require applicants to establish course redesign teams
  • Require applicants to complete the readiness instrument as a team
  • Review responses to the readiness instrument
VII. Preparing Teams to Submit Strong Proposals
  • Plan and conduct Workshop II: Developing the Course Redesign Proposal
  • Provide ongoing consultation as teams develop project plans
VIII. Selecting Proposals That Will Succeed
  • Require very specific plans before grant awards are made
  • Characteristics of a proposal rated 1 (Should Be Accepted)
  • Characteristics of a proposal rated 2 (Needs Further Clarification before Accepting)
  • Characteristics of a proposal rated 3 (Should Not Be Accepted)
IX. Monitoring the Redesign Implementations
  • Monitor the planning and development phase
  • Monitor the pilot implementation
  • Conduct Workshop III: Mid-Course Sharing
  • Monitor redesign plan revisions
  • Monitor the full implementation
  • Collect and review final reports
  • Conduct Workshop IV: Assessing the Results
  • Conduct a program evaluation
X. Maintaining Consensus and Ensuring Sustainability
  • Initial and ongoing faculty consensus about the redesign
  • Initial and ongoing consensus among campus offices
  • Initial and ongoing consensus among senior administrators
  • Ensuring Sustainability: The Fundamentals
    • Executive leadership
    • Faculty leadership
    • Ongoing data collection
    • Ongoing communication
    • Orientation of new personnel
    • Financial plan
  • Sustainability checklist
XI. Building Capacity and Scaling Initial Success
  • Publicize the results of the course redesign initiative
  • Conduct a second round of the course redesign initiative
  • Be more purposeful and actively involved in generating course redesign project possibilities
  • Build on what was learned in the initiative to revise campus policies and procedures
  • Conduct further studies on issues that emerged from the initiative
  • Require course redesign as part of the campus resource allocation strategy
   
  Appendices:
   
A. Plan of Work
B. Publicity Plan
C. Call to Participate
D. Application Guidelines
E. Workshop I Agenda
F. Workshop II Homework
G. Workshop Logistics
H. Workshop II Agenda
I. Workshop III Invitation
J. Workshop III Agenda
K. Workshop IV Invitation
L. Workshop IV Agenda
M. Final Report Format

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Program Evaluation