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A&S Course Redesign Institute: Spring 2012

In the Spring 2012 semester, the Center for the enhancement of Teaching and Learning partnered with the College of Arts & Sciences to design and deliver a Course Redesign Institute to assist a select number of Arts & Sciences faculty with incorporating more active learning techniques and educational technologies into new or existing courses. After a competitive RFP in November, a dozen faculty members were selected to participate, representing disciplines ranging from Anthropology to Math, from English to Sociology, from Geography to History. Prior to the start of the Spring 2012 semester, CELT partnered with A&S WRD professor Jeff Rice and Biology professor Peter Mirabito to build a private resource site using PBworks to expose faculty to a myriad of ideas for how to incorporate new active learning techniques and teaching technologies into their courses.

The Course Redesign Institute kicked off with an innovative workshop design that led the faculty participants through an introduction to a variety of technologies (such as Prezi, Google Docs, wikis, audience response devices, Twitter and more) with strategies and examples for incorporating them into active learning classroom activities. CELT facilitators Kathi Kern and Christopher Rice then led the participants through a number of Gamestorming-style activities that helped them think creatively about how to apply these teaching techniques and technologies to their own courses.

During the Spring 2012 semester, CELT conducted webinars and a number of one-to-one consultations with the ASCRDI participants, helping them to refine and realize their course redesign visions. On April 27, CELT again partnered with A&S Associate Dean Ted Schatzki and Professors Rice and Mirabito to bring together our Course Redesign Institute participants one last time to share their course redesign strategies in a series of Ignite and Pecha Kucha-style presentations, videos of which will be available soon on the websites of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching.

We're really thrilled to see the creative ideas that our faculty Institute participants have come up with to implement in their courses this Fall (some even started implementing their new ideas this Spring!). We look forward to working with other Course Redesign cohorts in Arts & Sciences and other Colleges at the University of Kentucky in 2012-13!

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