Course ReDesign Academy

Applications for our June 2017 CRA are due Friday, April 14, 2017. See more information below, or click directly to our Online CRA Proposal Form!

Join CTFE’s Course (Re)Design Academy!

Our Course (Re)Design Academy (CRA) combines a traditional in-person faculty development workshop with self-directed online learning and a Faculty Learning Community to provide guidance, feedback, resources, and ongoing peer collaboration as you design a new course or redesign one that’s been around for a while. Our goal is to provide both initial and ongoing support for your course visions and revisions, adapted to your specific needs and embedded in an engaged peer community.

Course (Re)Design Academy helps faculty build or revise engaging, relevant, manageable courses based on matching the best research-based teaching practices with your goals and needs. Whether you’re designing a course for 20 or 200 students, to take place in a classroom or online, for a STEM program or a capstone experience or an introduction to the major, CRA offers faculty support, feedback, and community to enhance your work.

Course (Re)Design Academy has three stages. Faculty can choose to participate in the Stage 2 Workshop only, or add one or both of the other stages to their Academy experience:

    Stage 1: In our self-paced Online Preparation Modules, you identify key goals for your course (re)design, consider the types and modes of learning you want for your students, and review strategies for planning and assessing course assignments. For summer 2017, Stage 1 runs May 15 through June 2
      Stage 2: In our face-to-face Collaborative Workshop meetings, you join 10-15 of your Mason colleagues for a set of hands-on, project-based events to (re)design a cornerstone assignment, explore opportunities and challenges for your course, and create your overall course revision plan in a collaborative, supportive environment. For summer 2017, Stage 2 happens on June 7th and 8th.
      Stage 3: In our CRA Faculty Learning Community, you meet twice a semester during the first year of your course implementation to discuss the successes and challenges of teaching your new or renewed course with your CRA cohort, to receive peer feedback on key elements of your course, and to practice additional strategies for supporting and adapting your course goals.

    All CRA participants receive CTFE stipends for each stage of their participation.

    Upcoming Course (Re)Design Academies

      Summer 2017: Online Preparation, May 15-June 2; Collaborative Workshop, Wednesday and Thursday, June 7-8, 8:30am – 4:30pm; Faculty Learning Community, four dates TBA; proposals due Friday April 14, 2017.
      Fall 2017: TBA


    Course Redesign Academy FAQs

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    Who can participate in a CRA?

    Any full-time, part-time, or graduate faculty member at Mason who is scheduled to design or revise a course they will teach at least once during the upcoming twelve-month period may apply to participate in a CRA. Faculty can work individually or with a partner or team as part of the Academy. Preference is given to faculty whose (re)design supports a department, program, or university initiative (such as an online program development or a focus on one or more the goals featured in Mason’s strategic plan.

    What sorts of activities are involved in a CRA?

    All CRA activities are designed to blend time for individual participants to plan, create, or revise their class materials with time to identify options and receive feedback from their peers and the CRA leaders. For a tentative schedule for the summer 2017 CRA, please click here.

    How does CTFE support CRA participants?

    CTFE will provide up to $900 in direct stipends or professional development funding (to support professional travel or teaching-related supplies) for completion of the Preparation Modules, Collaborative Workshop, and Faculty Learning Community projects. In addition, participants will receive a teaching-related book of their choice from our recommended reading list, as well as lunch and coffee provided for our Collaborative Workshop days.

    Participants will receive funding as follows:

      $500 for completing the two-day Collaborative Workshop (lunch included)
      $200 for completing the online Preparation Modules prior to the Workshop (about 5-7 hours of self-paced reading and responding)
      $200 for completing the four Faculty Learning Community Meeting projects that provide follow-up support (90 minutes each, scheduled in September and November 2017 and February and April 2018, and/or the equivalent follow-up projects (e.g. class observation report or assessment plan)
    How do I apply to join the CRA?

    Complete our online proposal form by April 14, 2017. The proposal asks you to describe the course you will be (re)designing, some of your current plans for that course, and some of your general your approaches to course (re)design. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by the first week in May.