Designing or (re)designing a college course is significant, cognitive work. During the summer of 2016, the fifth annual Course (Re)Design Institute provided faculty across campus the opportunity to learn best practices on how to successfully redesign their courses and syllabi to create a more inclusive learning experience for their students.
Facilitated by Dr. Tracy Smith of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, participants began preparing for the face-to-face Institute in April of 2016 through online course assignments, activities, and discussions forums. Twenty six faculty members (representing twenty different departments from the College of Arts, College of Education, College of Fine and Applied Arts, and College of Health Sciences) qualified to participate in the 2016 Institute. From May 17th-May 20th, participants met face-to-face.
Utilizing four main themes that the Course (Re)Design Institute focused on:
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Global Learning
- Social justice/Civic Engagement
These are four themes that not only have the potential to transform education here at Appalachian, but also have the potential to transform our society.