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Course Redesign Initiative

The Center for Faculty Development is pleased to support the Spring and Summer 2013 Course Redesign Initiative, which is part of the Provost’s 21st Century Learning Initiative that also includes a Blended Learning Initiative focused on faculty teaching sections through the First-Year Success program.

What is course redesign?  The 21st century approach to course redesign involves more than selecting new materials or creating new assignments.  Redesigning a course means fundamentally rethinking how and when students encounter subject material, how and when they interact with each other, and how and when they interact with you, the instructor.

  • Some of these redesigned encounters and interactions may be facilitated by technology.
  • A redesigned course is one that aligns closely with our knowledge of how learning works. 
  • Typically, the courses that show the most potential for enhancing student learning through course redesign are intro-level courses, courses that are taught in multiple sections, General Studies courses, and courses with high numbers of non-majors.  Any course, though, can benefit from redesign.
  • Existing models of course redesign include blended learning, various modified delivery schedules including hybrid and fully online, problem-based learning, the “flipped” classroom, and supplemental instruction.

The following are Five Principles of Successful Course Redesign, as identified by the National Center for Academic Transformation*:

  1. Redesign the whole course
  2. Encourage active learning
  3. Provide students with individualized assistance
  4. Build in ongoing assessment and prompt (automated) feedback
  5. Ensure sufficient time on task and monitor student progress

During the Spring and Summer semesters of 2013, 31 faculty (affiliate and tenured/tenure-track) at MSU Denver will participate in the Course Redesign Initiative, a program sponsored by the Provost’s office.  The Center for Faculty Development invites all MSU Denver faculty to engage in the work of this cohort and to consider how course redesign can improve teaching and learning at the University.




The National Center for Academic Transformation:

University of North Texas Next Generation Course Redesign

MSU Denver Educational Technology Center

Auraria Library Faculty Resources Page

MSU Denver Department of Academic Assessment

MSU Denver General Studies Program