Transforming Course Design in the CSU - Overview
On March 1 2007, Executive Vice-Chancellor Gary Reichard announced the launch of a CSU Transforming Course Design program. Transforming Course Design is a process to improve student learning while simultaneously addressing the issue of instructional costs. Measures of improved student learning include the reduction of unsuccessful course grades, improved retention, and enhanced application of knowledge after course completion. Examples of addressing instructional costs include reducing student and faculty time needed to achieve desired learning outcomes and increasing access to courses within existing budgets. The Transforming Course Design approach can address instructional challenges in our high impact courses by increasing student engagement, emphasizing active learning, and using technology to enable maximum value in all forms of faculty and student interaction.
The key goals of our Transforming Course Design program are to support campuses in their efforts to enhance student learning and reduce instructional costs, to optimize the impact of those efforts, and to insure that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of the parts’. This includes applying exemplary practice, scholarly research and shared resources for teaching and learning, and an emphasis on appropriate assessment of student learning outcomes and collaborative development with subject area colleagues across campuses.
Collaborations to Address 'High Impact, Low Success' Courses
Seventeen CSU institutions are collaborating on two multi-campus initiatives in Transforming Course Design. Provosts nominated target ‘high enrollment, low success’ courses in Fall 07, and a short list prepared by the state-wide Academic Technology Advisory Committee was then circulated to all institutions for input on priorities. The two Design teams will engage in cooperative redesign of new course structures, activities and resources which will be available for incorporation into campus courses. They are supported by Review Teams who can provide evaluations and recommendations to insure that the work products delivered in June 2008 are fully informed by the needs and contexts across the CSU.
Current Campus Projects (from 2007 RRP)
Chancellor’s Office grants of over $300,000 are supporting twenty campus and cooperative multi-campus projects, to enhance and accelerate course transformations and to foster innovative collaborations across the CSU.
CSU Transforming Course Design Community Webspace
A collaborative webspace for ongoing dialog about the process of Transforming Course Design, exemplary CSU practices, opportunities for collaboration, communications from the program team, and updates on individual projects.
- September 2008 – Memo for Fall 2008 TCD Course
Selection (.pdf, 161k)
- September 2008 - TCD Project Briefing (.doc, 153k)
- July 2008 – General Chemistry TCD Report (.doc, 173k)
- July 2008 – Developmental Mathematics TCD Report (.doc, 156k)
- April 2008 Update - Redesign Ideas Enhance Courses and Address Costs (.pdf, 156k)
- March 2008 Update - Collaborative Workspace Use by Transforming Course Design teams in 'High Impact Low Success' Courses (.doc, 576k)
- February Program Update (.pdf, 140k)
- February - Launch of 'High Impact, Low Success' Course Projects (.pdf, 152k)
- December 2007 - RFP to Qualifying Campuses for support of local Transforming Course Design projects (.pdf, 76k)
- November 2007 Update - Highlights from Project Blogs (.pdf, 156k)
- October 2007 Update: Reducing Instructional Costs (.pdf, 144k)
- October 2007 Call for Nominations for Multi-Campus Collaborations (.pdf)
- September 2007 Update: Enhancing Learning Outcomes (.pdf, 176k)
- July-August 2007 Update: Summer Events (.pdf, 152k)
- May 2007 Update: 2007 RFP Awards (.pdf, 160k)
- April 2007 Update: Questions and Answers on 2007 RFP (.pdf, 168k)
- March 2007: Program Overview (.pdf, 164k)
- March 2007: Request for Proposals
Information on related past and current external initiatives, including lessons learned from past projects elsewhere and Case Studies and Resources for other programs.