Genesee Community College Hosts SUNY Seminar for College Course Redesign

Approximately 70 faculty and staff members from SUNY colleges throughout New York State gathered at Genesee Community College on Oct. 4 to attend a Course Redesign Workshop. The day-long meeting was the introductory session of a SUNY-wide program dedicated to redesigning large enrollment, multi-section courses using technology-supported active learning strategies. Participants from as far away as SUNY Potsdam came to the workshop to address the following program goals: to improve student learning outcomes; reduce academic costs; and demonstrate improvements through assessment.

Presenters included Carol Twigg, President and CEO of the National Center for Academic Transformation, and Carolyn Jarmon, Senior Associate for the National Center for Academic Transformation, as well as SUNY administrators Harold Silverman, Senior Vice Provost, and Patricia Pietropaolo, Assistant Provost. Grants of $40,000 will be available by competitive application, for initiatives targeted to improve learning outcomes in selective high-enrollment courses, over a 3-year period beginning in 2008.

“While Genesee Community College doesn’t offer large lecture hall courses, where dozens and dozens of students gather to listen to a professor give a prepared speech —we were honored to host our SUNY colleagues in our own technology building. And a dozen GCC faculty attended,” Bob Knipe, dean of Learning Technologies said. “The idea of improving academic quality, reducing costs, encouraging active learning, and providing students with individualized assistance is a welcome message. I think there will be a lot of very good course redesign projects coming from this initiative.”

A photograph of the key presenters is available at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/suny_people_1.jpg. Standing left to right are Carolyn Jarmon, Senior Associate for the National Center for Academic Transformation; Carol Twigg, President and CEO of the National Center for Academic Transformation; Harold Silverman, SUNY Senior Vice Provost; and Patricia Pietropaolo, SUNY Assistant Provost.
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