Summer Course Redesign Institute

Posted: February 21, 2014

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CTLA) and the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology (ITT) is hosting its first summer Course Redesign Institute, dedicated to using technology to redesign courses to produce better learning outcomes for students.

The CRI is a three half-day intensive training (June 9-11, 8:30-12pm) for faculty who are interested in redesigning their traditional face-to-face courses for blended delivery or improving their existing online courses.  A total of 16 faculty (full-time, part-time, and adjunct) will be selected for this institute.  Applications are due April 11, 2014 (extended deadline).


A faculty who participates in the CRI will learn how to do the following:

  • Apply course design principles

  • Refine learning objectives

  • Integrate active learning strategies

  • Employ instructional technology appropriately

  • Evaluate student learning



1) Blended Learning - Led by Dr. Ann Kwinn, Associate Professor and Instructional Designer

The Blended Learning Track is geared towards faculty who are novices with instructional technology.  This track provides  an opportunity to learn how to address instructional challenges associated with traditional face-to-face courses through the blended delivery model.  

Faculty will leave institute with the beginnings of a technology-enhanced curriculum plan.  Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this track:


  • Introduction to the Blended Classroom

  • Learning Management System

  • Multimedia and Media Acquisition

  • Creating meaningful learning activities and assessment

  • Fostering Student Success

  • Mobile Technologies

2) Online Learning - Led by Tom Wilson, Director of Online Learning

The Online Learning Track is geared towards faculty who teach online courses and want to boost their effectiveness with new technology and new strategies. This interactive learning experience requires participants to research topics, produce and present a presentation, and contribute to classroom learning. Participants discover research-based secrets for enhancing student learning in the 100% online environment. All sessions are held online via Adobe Connect web conferencing platform; therefore, participants’ must verify that their technology meets systems minimum requirements and conduct a connection test to ensure that they can participate in the session.   


Topics include the following:


  • Identifying and conquering the #1 challenge of online learning

  • Research-based principles of effective online instruction

  • Integrating Adobe Connect videoconferencing into online courses

  • Planning and producing impactful Multimedia

  • The power of Online Learning Communities

  • Creative Assessment and Evaluation

Application Process

Through a competitive application process, a total of 16 faculty will be selected to participate in the 2014 Course Redesign Institute (8 faculty in each track).  Preferences 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 towards it.  The application process entails the following:


  • Submit an online application:

  • Submit a copy of the course syllabus that will be used for redesign institute

  • Submit a letter of support from Dean’s Office (Dean or Associate Dean) regarding participation and course that will be redesigned.

Important Dates

  • Applications due by 5pm on Friday, April 11, 2014 (extended deadline)

  • Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Institute occurs 8:30am-12pm, June 9-11, 2014


  • Attendance at June workshops and complete assigned projects.

  • Submission of a revised syllabus that reflects designed principles and best-practices by end of summer.  The redesigned course should be offered within one year of the institute.

  • Participation in three luncheons (tentatively August, December, and May) to share best-practices, challenges, and results of blended/online courses taught.

  • Submit a final project video summarizing your course redesign experience (details to come).


  • Faculty will receive an iPad Air (16 GB) or an iPad mini w/retinal display (32 GB) in exchange for their participation.  Faculty participants agree to attend the entire institute as well as three follow-up luncheons throughout the year.  Institute workshops and luncheon participation are mandatory.  Failure to attend one workshop or luncheon warrants the return of the iPad to ITT.  Completion of the program transfers ownership of the iPad to the faculty member semester.