Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Course Redesign for Effective Learning

Have you ever thought about reconstructing a course that has become stale, ineffective, or just plain obsolete? How about reducing the amount of class time devoted to lecture while increasing the time devoted to active learning and discussion? While many faculty members express an interest in redesigning one or several courses, they usually indicate that they are unable to combine the block of time and necessary resources to conduct a comprehensive course redesign. The CREL workshop is intended to address this need.

The Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) invites full-time faculty to participate in a week-long CREL workshop. The purpose of this extended workshop is to provide faculty with the time, resources, information, and collaborative support needed to revise and redesign a selected Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 course (or design a new course) in ways that will maximize student engagement and learning. The UNF faculty selected to participate in the CREL and who produce a redesigned product will receive a $1000 stipend.

Preparing the CREL Project Proposal Application
Interested faculty should complete the online application at:


The deadline for applications is March  1st

The applicant will need to address the following questions:

  • What courses do you typically teach?
  • Provide the title of the course that you would like to redesign and briefly describe the course (as it exists currently): 150 words max
  • Reflect on the course you intend to redesign and identify its strengths: 200 words max
  • Reflect on the course you intend to redesign and identify the weaknesses. 200 words max
  • Describe the specific areas that are most important for you to improve and how you propose to implement these improvements. 300 words max
  • How will you know if the redesign is successful? How will you evaluate the impact of the redesigned aspects of the course? 250 words max
  • When would you be implementing this course (semester/year)?
  • Have you ever participated in a CREL/BUILD workshop at UNF before?

For examples of previous redesign efforts, see the CREL participants webpage at: http://www.unf.edu/ofe/services/Faculty_Learning_Communities.aspx

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Richard at drichard@unf.edu or 620-1446.

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