Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

C21 Consortium

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

News & Notes

CTE Learning Community:  Teaching at a Predominantly White Institution

After registering for the sessions below, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

All sessions are held from 12:00 - 12:55 p.m. on their respective dates. 

SESSION 1: Tuesday, Sept. 28th

An Underrepresentation/PWI Conundrum: “I do want to share my experiences, but I don’t want to leave the conversation exhausted—again.”

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SESSION 2: Tuesday, Oct. 19th

What Does It Mean to Move to Action on a PWI Campus?

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SESSION 3: Tuesday, Nov. 2nd

Getting Caught Off Guard and Handling the “-isms” that Students Bring into the Classroom

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SESSION 4: Tuesday, Nov. 16th

Topic to be decided by learning community

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SESSION 5: Tuesday, Nov. 30th

Topic to be decided by learning community

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See how CTE has been helping KU faculty adapt and innovate their teaching.

Visit the Flex Teaching sitewhich provides help for creating flexible courses that can shift between in-person and online.