Florida Gulf Coast University
Will the redesign be sustained now that the grant period is over?
Over the last two years, faculty from across the Division of Humanities and Arts have been intimately involved in the project, helping with the design, research, and implementation of the new course. The redesigned version of Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts was fully implemented in the fall 2002 semester. During the fall 2003 semester, the director of the project will be training two other faculty members to take over the course. As new faculty in the visual and performing arts are hired, the division will look for faculty members who have an interest and background in distance learning, and they will also become involved in rotating through the teaching of the course.
The redesign will be sustained for two reasons. First, the redesigned course has been an incredible success at improving quality: with the dramatic increase in student learning and with the success of some of the design elements such as the use of the Intelligent Essay Assessor and the alternative staffing model, faculty who were at first skeptical but willing participants have become true supporters. Second, the redesigned course has been an incredible success at reducing costs. Without the cost savings associated with the course, the university may have been unable to continue the course because they could not have afforded to pay the adjuncts or find the rooms for all the sections needed.
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