Course Redesign

Want to turn your course upside down to improve student success?

Course Redesign (CR) is an initiative to rethink and rebuild the delivery of large-enrollment, introductory courses. The goals of CR are to improve learning outcomes and to accommodate current and projected enrollment growth by leveraging instructional technology and implementing best practices in instructional pedagogy. These are often courses that have large sections (e.g., traditional lecture format) or large numbers of small sections.

Course redesign efforts at NC State target the redesign of courses using learner-centered pedagogical methods supported by computer-based materials and engaging in-class activities. Using instructional technology enhances teaching and learning and increases access to high-demand courses.

Classroom meetings can be partially or entirely replaced with online learning to:

  • create more consistent learning experiences for students,
  • motivate students to move from passive to active learners and
  • reduce faculty workload.

Improving the curriculum with CR strategies increases the potential for reducing high student D and F grade and class withdrawal rates and has an influence on student learning. By not missing a critical path course—often a course in a sequence—students stay on a timely path toward academic progress and graduation.

An additional goal of CR is to address the need to cope with increasing enrollment demands and investigate the use of technology to achieve more efficient instructional methods. Examples of course redesign models include: Supplemental, Replacement, Emporium, Fully Online, Buffet, Linked Workshop, Course Flipping and SCALE-UP. More information on the first six models is available at the National Center for Academic Transformation.

DELTA Grants are a way to promote course redesign efforts at NC State.

Course Redesign Resources

For more information about course redesign or to request a consultation, email courseredesign@ncsu.edu.