Most faculty members participate in intellectual communities organized around our scholarship or creative work. In these communities we exchange ideas, challenge each other to think in new ways, and ultimately advance the work in our fields. For most of us, similar opportunities for intellectual discourse on teaching are rare.
One opportunity CTE is providing is a new intellectual community around student-centered teaching. The C21 (i.e., 21st century) Course Redesign Consortium is a group of individuals from across campus who share the goal of student-centered course transformation at KU. These course transformations take advantage of today’s widespread availability of information, and they move students from a passive role in a classroom (e.g., note taking) to an active learning orientation (e.g., problem solving, writing, and collaboration). Many consortium participants are tackling the design of large enrollment courses by using 21st century technology to create learning experiences that are collaborative, hands-on, engaging, and facilitative of deep learning. C21 will connect instructors involved in this type of course design with each other, with students, and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work.
In conjunction with C21, KU has begun a Teaching Post-Doc Program. The post-doc teaching fellows partner with faculty members to redesign gateway courses, and they also work with C21 members. View a video about one of these redesigned courses.
At the end of the 2014-15 academic year, many C21 members presented posters that illustrated the changes they implemented in their courses as a result of their work with C21. The session was open to the entire campus. View posters from the May 8 gathering.
C21 activities are being jointly organized by CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Learning, hosted by the Commons, and funded by the Provost’s Office and CLAS. Most meetings will take the form of team course design workshops that create opportunities for members to collaborate on course redesign and utilize resources that can simplify, support, or document their work. Check the CTE calendar for C21 meeting dates. For more information about C21, contact Andrea Greenhoot at email@example.com.