|Program in Course Redesign
University of Southern Maine
Course Title: Introductory Psychology
The University of Southern Maine redesigned Introductory Psychology to increase student understanding and retention of course material by increasing the opportunity for active learning and thereby decreasing the student failure rate. The course redesign involved increasing the number of students per section from 75 to 125, reducing lecture time by half, replacing that time with interactive Web-based learning activities, and increasing individualized attention to students by instructors. Materials included multiple modules to address different learning styles, computer-based tests to provide immediate feedback and multiple opportunities to master the material, and videotaped lectures for those who cannot come to class. The redesign plan anticipated a 49% cost-per-student reduction from $113 to $58. The results of the completed redesign can be found by following the links listed below under Final Report.
Initial Planning (as of 7/1/99)
Interim Progress Report (as of 12/31/00)
Final Report (as of 12/31/01)
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