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Sustainability

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Will the redesign be sustained now that the grant period is over?

The sustainability of the project is not in question. During the 2002-2003 academic year, all sections of the two-semester Introductory Biology course followed the redesign format. New faculty members joining the course have shown interest and willingness to use the materials. The team is also pleased to report that the innovations pioneered in the project are being used in other courses in the biology department. The general availability of the resources to classes in the life sciences makes it likely that adoption of these approaches will continue. The course redesign also served as a template for a grant funded by the Davis Educational Foundation that now funds eight additional redesigns across campus. Finally, the redesign effort has fostered a campus community of individuals interested in active learning approaches, especially in large classrooms, and has resulted in more grant initiatives to continue the university's efforts to improve student learning.

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