Course Redesign Institute

Every year, the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology (part of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment) offers a Course Redesign Institute (CRI). This intensive weeklong institute offers APU faculty an opportunity to redesign courses to produce better learning outcomes for students through the use of technology. Faculty participants connect with experienced colleagues, learn course design principles, get hands-on practice with cutting-edge technology, and walk away with the beginnings of a redesigned course plan.

What Will Faculty Learn at the CRI?

Faculty members who participate will:

  • Understand the key differences between face-to-face, blended, and online learning environments and the appropriate pedagogical strategies for each.
  • Acquire fundamental skills in using the learning management system to reduce paper usage, save time, and improve students’ learning experience.
  • Use the 7 principles of effective learning to guide the use of technologies (e.g., Camtasia, Google Apps, Adobe Connect, iPads, educational apps, etc.).
  • Assess the quality and effectiveness of the redesigned course using the learning assessment cycle to iteratively refine and improve.

What Will Faculty Receive for Their Participation?

  • Latest generation iPad (valued at about $500).
  • Personalized training and support from highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals.
  • Cool swag (e.g., book, T-shirt, headset, software, etc.)

What is the Application Process?

Through a competitive application process, 20 faculty members will be selected to participate in the institute. Preference will be given to faculty who teach high-enrollment, introductory undergraduate courses and/or high-demand graduate courses and demonstrate basic technological competency or a learning posture toward it. All full-time, part-time, and adjunct APU faculty are eligible to apply; new full-time faculty are especially encouraged to apply. Apply now!

  • Applications due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016
  • Applicants will be notified by Monday, April 25, 2016
  • Institute takes place May 31-June 2, 2016, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

What Are the Expectations for Those Selected?

  • Attend all three days of the institute.
  • Submit a revised syllabus that reflects effective designed principles and best practices by end of summer.
  • Teach the redesigned course within one year of the institute.
  • Participate in three follow-up luncheons (tentatively scheduled for August 2016, January 2017, and May 2017) to share progress and practices.
  • Submit a final project summarizing the course redesign experience (due May 12, 2017).

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