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Tallahassee Community College

How would you assess the transferability of the re-design approach you employed to new subject areas or disciplines?

Several elements of the redesign are transferable to other courses and/or disciplines, including the use of a course Web site for programmatic unity; the electronic response features of Microsoft Comment in graded written work; grammar skills review materials such as those from Academic.com; review modules from TCC's Writing Across the Curriculum program; the text-specific critical reading module; and a computer-based skills review for Community College Composition and Reading Across the Curriculum program for text assimilation assignments.

December 2002 Update: In addition to those listed above, there are a couple of other opportunities.

  • Faculty members are beginning to plan the redesign of second level English courses.
  • Academic.com modules are now part of an Online Learning Center. The modules are aligned with TCC courses, and the Online Center will provide access for all students.

How are you disseminating the redesign among your colleagues?

Colleagues are most excited about the new curriculum and the new Web site. The best evidence of success and the most motivating outcome for faculty is the improved quality of writing. Colleagues are most concerned about the learning curve associated with the technology and the best use of the technological features for pedagogical purposes.

The redesign was presented at Florida Community College at Jacksonville in May as part of a training program for on-line instructors. In addition, a videotape about the redesign has been created and shown to the Board.

December 2002 Update: The redesign will also be presented at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, Florida on April 4th,2003, and featured in a presentation on The Learning Continuum at the League for Innovation Learning Summit in Phoenix, Arizona on March 16th, 2003. The lead faculty member on the project was also interviewed for an article on online learning.

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