When you are considering how to redesign your courses, it can be helpful to hear from faculty at other institutions that have recently completed the process.

As you learn about their experiences, you’ll notice that different schools (and different departments) approach the process in various ways. And with good reason: as Dr. Carolyn Jarmon noted in her webinar, “Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs: The Case for Redesign,” institutions choose to undergo this process for a number of reasons, including high student withdrawal or failure rates, long waiting lists for courses, over-enrollment in courses that fulfill prerequisites for a number of majors, difficulty in getting qualified adjuncts to teach all needed courses, and more. Even so, several commonalities will generally emerge as you observe their varying approaches.

In this presentation, Ann-Marie McNeely of Western Piedmont College (Morganton, NC) outlines the decisions her institution made as they designed a series of integrated reading and writing courses. Though McNeely specifically addresses North Carolina’s standards, her points speak to the factors you’ll need to consider as you redesign your curriculum, including course formats, schedules, instructor workload, instructional methods, materials requirements, and course policies. She also calls attention to the five key redesign principles that formed the foundation of their decisions (you can see these summarized on slide 5 of the SlideShare presentation below).

Consider this presentation food for thought. As McNeely acknowledges, it’s just one way to approach the redesign process– but overall, it emphasizes the importance of considering what’s most appropriate for your institution’s and students’ needs.

Review the SlideShare presentation below, and view the entire recorded webinar here.

Is your department undergoing the course redesign process? What key considerations do you factor into your decisions? Would you add anything to Ann-Marie McNeely’s list of Five Key Redesign Principles? Share your thoughts below.

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