Course Redesign for Student Success Call for Participation - Fall 2017

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Online Application
Deadline to Apply: Noon on Friday, August 25, 2017

CETL will be funding up to 30 faculty during Fall 2017 to help redesign courses for student success.  As part of this two-semester program, participants will take online professional development on effective teaching practices from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).  These online modules (valued at $500) will be facilitated by CETL staff and will expose faculty to research-based effective instructional practices.  Each module will require faculty to try a new effective teaching practice in their Fall 2017 course and reflect on its impact on students.  Topics include:

  • Delivering an Effective Lecture
  • Checking for Student Understanding
  • Developing Self-Directed Learners
  • Planning Effective Class Discussions
  • Embracing Diversity in Your Classroom
Faculty must commit to fully participate in these online modules, including filming themselves teach a portion of one class session, which will be peer-reviewed with a CETL facilitator.

Fall 2017 Timeline (Part 1)
The program will begin with one mandatory face-to-face orientation session at CETL:
  • September 6, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • September 6, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • September 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • September 7, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Faculty will complete one online module every two weeks beginning Monday, September 11, 2017 with the fifth and final module commencing on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Each learning module will take about 1-2 hours to view the online video-rich content, plus additional time to plan and incorporate an effective teaching practice in your Fall 2017 course every 2 weeks.  All modules will end with discussion forum reflections, goal setting for next Spring 2018 semester, and module evaluations.  

Meanwhile, faculty will begin planning how to incorporate the new teaching practices, and a possible new eText/open educational resource (OER) in their Spring 2018 course.  A Moodle course template will be provided to help structure the Spring 2018 course.  Faculty must attend at least CETL’s Getting Started with Moodle, and Online Activities and Assignments workshops prior Spring 2018 semester. 

Spring 2018 Timeline (Part 2)
Faculty will teach their redesigned course using the provided Moodle template and will incorporate the teaching best practices learned through the ACUE online modules. 

Faculty agree to administer a mid-course evaluation to students, or a pre- and post- knowledge survey.  Faculty also agree that any reflections and posts in the ACUE online modules can be used in a final ePortfolio to report the course redesign efforts to the CSU Chancellor’s Office. 

Faculty who successfully complete this two-semester sequence will receive a $1,500 stipend. Faculty must commit to participating both semesters.

Eligible Applicants

All faculty who wish to redesign a bottleneck course (e.g., low course completion rate course), OR who are interested in adopting an eText or open educational resource (OER) are eligible to participate, with priority given to faculty who wish to redesign a high demand, or large lecture course.

Faculty should be familiar with essential Moodle features and have completed the following CETL workshops during Fall 2017 (or provide proof of completion of workshop prior to Spring 2018):
  • Getting Started with Moodle
  • Moodle Online Activities and Assignments
For more information on CETL's workshops, please visit:
1. Instructor Contact Information *This question is required.
Please note that all applications must be approved by the department chair. Your department chair will receive a copy of your application and must confirm his/her support before final participation decisions are made.
6. Is the course you wish to redesign a department, GE, or CSU bottleneck course (i.e., high-demand/low-completion courses).

Course Details

*This question is required.
7. Are you applying to redesign this course (Q6 above) as part of a department pair or team?
Please note that EACH member of a team must submit a separate application.
9. Are you interested in adopting an eText or open educational resource (OER) in your course?

Current Syllabus for Course

Please upload a copy of the syllabus for the course you wish to redesign (See Q6). *This question is required.
10. If selected, which mandatory face-to-face ACUE orientation session will you attend? *This question is required.
  • I will commit to the two-semester program of completion of ACUE professional development modules in Fall 2017, and teach the redesigned course Spring  2018.
  • I will utilize the provided Moodle template to help structure my Spring 2018 redesigned course.
  • I will allow the filming of a portion of one class session for peer review with a CETL facilitator.
  • I will complete all 5 ACUE modules within the given time frame.
  • I will allow my ACUE module reflections and forum posts, photos, quotes, and anonymous student feedback to be used in a final ePortfolio to report course redesign efforts to the CSU Chancellor's Office.  
  • If I do not successfully meet any portion of this program, my stipend may be reduced or forfeited.