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NCAT Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 Webinar Series

NCAT's fall 2016 and winter 2017 series of free webinars begins in November. You must register for each webinar, but there is no registration fee. Registration is limited to 100 participants for each webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. All webinars will begin at 1 pm Eastern Time and will open at 12:30 pm.

Getting Started Webinar

  • Held on February 14, 2017, Getting Started on Course Redesign was a two-hour-long webinar for those of you who are thinking about beginning a large-scale course redesign project. The webinar provided participants the opportunity to learn about how redesign efforts have begun at both four- and two-year institutions. NCAT Redesign Scholar Tammy Muhs from the University of Central Florida described how their redesign of college algebra got started eight years ago and how they addressed the issues and problems that arose. Tammy is the former director of the Mathematics Assistance and Learning Lab (MALL), which serves up to 5,800 students during a single semester, and is now a full-time math faculty member. NCAT vice president Carolyn Jarmon gave examples of what has been experienced by two-year institutions in a variety of academic disciplines as they began their redesigns. To view a recording of this webinar click here.

How-To Redesign Webinars

Each hour-long webinar will address an issue related to course redesign. After a presentation, the webinar leaders will be available to answer questions and provide additional specifics about the redesign. The following topics and speakers are planned:

  • March 14, 2017: Dealing with Budget Cuts without Affecting Quality. Institutions faced with budget cuts or declining resources find it difficult to respond without impacting the quality of the academic program. Defensive strategies such as increasing class size, replacing full-time faculty with adjuncts, offering fewer courses within programs, and so on have been used for decades and pose a threat to overall institutional quality. NCAT's course redesign methodology offers a way out of higher education's historical trade-off between cost and quality. Presented by NCAT president and CEO Carol Twigg and NCAT vice president Carolyn Jarmon, this webinar will demonstrate through a series of case studies how both two- and four-year institutions have constructively dealt with budget challenges and indeed improved academic quality while doing so. Click here to register.

Held in Fall 2016

  • Held on December 13, 2016, Increasing Enrollments without Additional Resources described how institutions can increase enrollments while maintaining the same or even a reduced level of investment. The webinar featured NCAT president and CEO Carol Twigg who discussed how NCAT's methodology can be used to respond to enrollment demand and provide greater access while preserving or even increasing academic quality. As an illustration, NCAT Redesign Scholar Meredith Toth described how Arizona State University was able to triple course capacity in a graduate early childhood education course. And, after completing its initial redesign in 2008, ASU went on to redesign eight graduate education programs, which currently enroll 2,300 students. Meredith described the alternate staffing approaches used at the graduate level to create a "small-within-large" learning environment. To view a recording of this webinar click here.
  • Held on November 8, 2016, Redesigning Developmental Math featured NCAT Redesign Scholar Crystal Ingle-Reed, the project leader of a highly successful developmental math program at Northwest-Shoals Community College. The redesign uses the Emporium Model and has been sustained for many years. It was initiated in 2009 and today impacts more than 1,100 students in 65 courses each semester. In addition, Crystal's team worked with other faculty to redesign NSCC's developmental English courses to fast-track basic writing students into English composition. Crystal described the math redesign project focusing on its distinquishing characteristics, particularly modularization and mastery learning. To view a recording of this webinar click here.

If you have questions about NCAT's webinar series, please contact Carolyn Jarmon, NCAT vice president, at cjarmon@theNCAT.org.  We look forward to seeing you online!