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What is Redesign?

Course redesign is a process that uses existing course goals and content and adapts the delivery to a contemporary course format. The intention is to meet the needs of 21st century learners by integrating elements that data from carefully conducted studies demonstrate will:

  1. improve learning outcomes
  2. increase student engagement
  3. enrich academic experiences

Redesign can be approached in a number of ways.  Perhaps you know of content in your course that students often struggle with?  That can be a great place to start with a single redesigned and enhanced unit.  Whether you are ready to redesign just one activity, unit, or the entire course, redesign is an iterative process and getting started is the most important step.

A shifting approach to learning

Resources available in CODL and other KU units (e.g., CTE, libraries, the Writing Center) can help you promote active learning by infusing your course with new approaches and educational technologies that can aid in connecting with 21st century students. Below is a chart that compares traditional and contemporary approaches and describes the change in emphasis that is taking place at all levels of education. No single approach fits all students, and most courses use a combination of these elements depending on the type and content of the class, the learning styles of students, and the philosophy of faculty members.

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