- Researching course redesign - the Assistant Dean of Academic Technology
and the Chair of Computer Science Department reviewed the literature
on the innovative application of technology to classroom teaching.
- Selecting a course - in order to experiment with course redesign,
it was necessary to select a specific course that met the multisection-high
enrollment criteria. Fundamentals of Computer Science was chosen by
March - May 2001
- Brainstorming redesign ideas - the Computer Science Department generated
possible redesign ideas.
- Selecting key applications - applications and software were considered
for possible adoption in the course redesign.
- Developing an outline of curricular modifications - broad guidelines
for integrating technology and modifying curriculum were developed.
June - August 2001
- Designing the test and pilot phases - instructors met to set out the
- Creating Web elements - a designated faculty member for Fall 2001
worked with an instructional designer to produce Web content using the
Blackboard tool set.
- Producing a redesigned instructional sequence - a modified version
of the redesign was developed for Fall 2001 to allow for testing of
- Hiring an online tutor - a computer lab technician was hired to provide
expanded online tutoring to support students working independently at
home or elsewhere.
September 2001 - May 2002
- Testing and piloting the redesign - faculty assess the Blackboard
and Web elements and publisher software. In addition, faculty implement
the reconfigured course that includes reduced class time in conjunction
with increased interactive computed-assisted instruction for skill development