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Program in Course Redesign

University of Dayton

Course Title: Introductory Psychology
Redesign Coordinator: Thomas Skill

The University of Dayton redesigned Introductory Psychology, a course taken by more than 50% of all students at some point during their academic careers. The traditional course was taught in twelve sections of 71 students each in a conventional lecture style. Individual instructors developed their own syllabi and content, resulting in redundant effort, disparate learning opportunities and objectives across sections, and assessment difficulties. The redesign plan included creating an online learning environment that enriched the traditional course, led to better subject matter mastery and higher student satisfaction, and created a stronger sense of belonging to a community of learners. Network-accessible, interactive applications and simulations were designed to illustrate key theories, concepts, and research findings/methodologies. The redesigned course was expected to be fully groupware-enabled, having students engage in both synchronous and asynchronous collaborative activities with other students and with the instructor. Cost savings were expected to be achieved through 1) reducing faculty staffing requirements by nearly two-thirds and 2) reducing traditional student "seat time" by more than 90% while increasing student "time on task" from 10% of total contact hours to 80%. The anticipated result was a projected decline in the cost-per-student from $139 to $78, a savings of 44%. The results of the completed redesign can be found by following the links listed below under Final Report.

Initial Planning (as of 7/1/00)

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

Final Report (as of 12/31/02)


 

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