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ITS Oversees UH Course Redesign Project
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by Hae Okimoto

The efforts of UH in applying technology to improve learning experiences and increase access to higher education system-wide have been widely recognized. Presently ITS is organizing and administering the Hawaii Course Redesign Project (HCRP). The project endeavors to accomplish several objectives for the University in its large enrollment course:

  • Adopt new ways to improve student learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate these improvements through rigorous assessment
  • Reduce institutional costs
  • Develop the internal capacity of UH faculty and staff to continue the redesign process

Methodologies for the redesign process are taken from examples developed by the Center for Academic Transformation (CAT) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center has collaborated with 30 other institutions to demonstrate how colleges and universities can achieve quality enhancements and cost savings while redesigning their instructional approaches by incorporation of information technology.

Initially, a few UH courses with large enrollments (in single or multiple sections, on one or more campuses) are to be selected for redesign. 10-15 Institutional grants ranging between $35,000 and $70,000 may be awarded to individual courses that meet criteria for involvement in the project. The grant monies are earmarked for assistance in the process of redesign and also implementation of individual courses.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Initial applicants must be fully committed to completely redesigning and delivering a large enrollment course currently offered at UH. Large enrollment courses may be courses with very large sections (e.g., traditional lecture courses) or courses that offer large numbers of smaller sections.
  • Applicant teams may be from a single UH campus or from multiple campuses that offer the same course.
  • More than one team from a campus may be selected, if the proposals are competitive and meet the eligibility and selection criteria.
  • Selection of the initial projects will be made by a steering committee of UH faculty and staff in consultation with the Center for Academic Transformation. In addition to selecting projects that are likely to succeed, the UH program will attempt to work in a variety of disciplines and campus types using varying approaches to the redesigned courses.

Timeline for the HCRP:

  • September 30, 2004 Orientation to Hawaii Course Redesign held
  • November 5, 2004 Learning How to Redesign Workshop held
  • December 15, 2005 Institutional Responses to Course Readiness Criteria due
  • January 22, 2005 Developing Proposal Workshop for invited teams
  • March 15, 2005 Final Proposals due
  • April 1, 2005 Notification of Grant Recipients
  • Spring, Summer 2005 – Course Redesign Planning and Development
  • Fall 2005 – Course Pilots
  • Spring 2006 – Full Implementation
  • Summer 2006 – Wrap-up Workshop
By visiting the HCRP Web site http://www.hawaii.edu/courseredesign you may read full details on the project, sign up for email updates, and view all project materials. You may also contact Hae Okimoto at (808) 956-5023 or hae@hawaii.edu.

 
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