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Program in Course Redesign

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Course Title: General Chemistry
Contact: Kathy Christoph

The University of Wisconsin-Madison redesigned its two-course General Chemistry sequence to increase the level of active learning and student feedback, address different student backgrounds and learning styles, and connect the study of chemistry with other disciplines. The course redesign plan involved eliminating one lecture and one discussion period per week and replacing them with a modularized, online system of diagnostic examples, tutorials, and quizzes. By substituting technology-based materials for time spent by faculty and teaching assistants, UW Madison expected to reduce the cost-per-student from about $257 to $185, a reduction of 28%. Because this course affects 4,100 students per year, this anticipated saving translates to an annual saving of approximately $295,000. 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 (NA)

  • Improving the Quality of Student Learning
  • Labor Saving Techniques
  • Course Development Issues
  • Implementation Issues
  • Dissemination

Final Report (as of 12/31/01)

 

 

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