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Program in Course Redesign

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)

Course Title: General Psychology
Redesign Coordinator: Barbara J. Way

Cal Poly redesigned General Psychology, which enrolled approximately 1500 students annually, to cope with increasing student demand. General Psychology had been taught in a traditional lecture format with 30 sections of 50 students each. To experiment with serving larger numbers of students, a pilot section based on videotaped content modules was created during the 1995-96 academic year, which increased the number of students served to 120. Building on this prior work, the redesign team re-edited and re-shot segments of the modules to improve production values and incorporate updated material, developed an interactive tutorial CD-ROM, and added Web-based testing supervised by TAs in computer laboratories. These technologies allowed larger numbers of students to assimilate course content without the constraints of time and place and encouraged students to take control of their own learning and achievement levels. The redesign plan allowed Cal Poly to increase the number of students served (from 1500 in the traditional course to 2250) while reducing costs. In the plan, each redesigned section was reorganized to accommodate 450 students rather than 50 students. The use of computer-based testing and CD-ROM tutorials allowed the university to reduce faculty hours significantly and replace them with less expensive TA hours. As a result, the redesign plan expected to reduce the cost-per-student from $135 to $21, a reduction of 84%. The results of the completed redesign can be found by following the links listed below under Final Report.

Initial Planning

Interim Progress Report (as of 12/31/01)

Final Report (as of 12/31/02)

 

 

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