Program in Course Redesign
Rio Salado College Course Planning Tool—Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Math Concepts/Applications and College Algebra/Functions The Course Planning Tool is a formatted spreadsheet that facilitates a threestep process for institutions to establish and compare the instructional costs before redesign (the traditional course) and the instructional costs after the redesign (the redesigned course). Step #1 shows the calculation of all personnel costs associated with preparing and delivering the course expressed as an hourly rate. Annual salary for faculty listed is the average of all faculty teaching the course and includes a 26% benefits rate. Step #2 uses this initial calculation to determine the cost of preparing and delivering the traditional course. Step #3 calculates these costs for the redesigned course. More specific Course Planning Tool instructions are available. Below are a summary of the cost savings anticipated at Rio Salado College and the completed course planning tool. Cost Savings Rio Salado College is redesigning four courses to increase the number of students served in a distancelearning format from 35 in a section to 100. During the same term, faculty will work with students taking four different math courses (Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Mathematical Concepts/Applications, and College Algebra–Functions). Distribution of the 100 students among the several courses will vary depending on student demand. A new professional, the course assistant, is included in the redesign. By using technology to its full capacity, offloading coursemanagement tasks to the course assistant, and devoting faculty time to four courses simultaneously, the redesign should result in a projected costperstudent reduction of 37% (from $49 to $31), compared with previous distancelearning formats at Rio Salado. Faculty will spend the same amount of time, but a major shift will occur from monitoring students’ progress to interacting with students when they need assistance with math concepts. In addition to reducing the costperstudent through increased class size, Rio anticipates additional savings from reducing the number of students who need to retake the course. [For more detailed information regarding their initial academic redesign, consult the project plan description.] Step #1: Determine Instructional Costs per Hour Instructional Costs per Hour—Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Math Concepts/Applications and College Algebra/Functions
Step #2: Determine Instructional Costs of Traditional Course Instructional Costs of Traditional Courses—Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Math Concepts/Applications and College Algebra/Functions
Step #3: Determine Instructional Costs of Redesigned Course Instructional Costs of Redesigned Courses—Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Math Concepts/Applications and College Algebra/Functions

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