Proven Course Redesign

Proven Course Redesign is focused on CSU “Lead” faculty sharing the designs of their course and the evidence they have accrued regarding impact on student success. “Adopting” faculty across the CSU then choose to adopt and adapt that proven strategy to their own courses. These faculty begin with a Summer Institute on Course Redesign with Technology and then continue through an academic-year Professional Learning Community to discuss and evaluate course redesign successes and lessons learned. These proven courses that have documented improved student retention, engagement, and success have included such strategies as flipped classrooms, online homework, virtual labs, flipped-blended course designs, Supplemental Instruction, adaptive learning, and other technology-enhanced delivery methods.

Faculty meet in monthly cohorts based on the proven course redesign model and related pedagogy-technology methods being adopted. Further information regarding the Lead Faculty and their respective cohorts may be found in the table below by clicking on the cohort links.

Proven Faculty Leads and their Cohorts, 2017-2018

Lead(s)CampusCohort PedagogyTechnologyePortfolio Title
Allison EvansBakersfieldPsychologyOnlineScreen Capture, videosRedesigning Social Psychology Online: Supporting Student Engagement through Supplemental Mini-Vids
Stacey AndersonChannel IslandsEnglishHybridVoiceThread, Screen Capture, WordPress, GoogleDocsUsing Web Tools in a Hybrid English Composition Class
Ellie ErtleChicoHistory/Political ScienceFlipped classroomAdaptive learning, Open source toolsCreating Learning Communities via U-Courses for Political Science 155
Erik WasingerChicoBiology/ChemistrySupplemental Instruction, Flipped, HybridOnline videos, Flipping the Instructor: Evolution of a Tried and True Lecturer
Joseph RossFresnoBiology/ChemistryFlipped classroomMobile devices, Lecture capture, PollingBIO 102 Course Redesign using Blended Course Strategies and Mobile Technologies
Beth WeinmanFresnoGeology/Virtual LabsHybridVirtual LabsIncorporating Virtual Labs in Introductory Geology Courses
Mary PaulFresnoEnglishFlipped, active learning, OER Mobile app, iBook, Google Classroom, English Composition Using Mobile Application Technology
Cherie IchinoseFullertonMathematicsFlipped classroomScreen CapturePre-Calculus Promising Course Redesign: A Flipped Learning Environment
Christopher EndyLos AngelesHistory/Political ScienceFlipped, active learningOpen educational resources, Online homeworkLearning Communities, Peer Mentoring, and Flipped Classrooms in the U.S. History Survey
Ji SonLos AngelesStatistics/FlippedFlipped classroomClickers, online videos with imbedded quizzes, Coherent Statistics with Flipped Instruction
Paul NissensonPomonaEngineering, Computer Science, FinanceFlipped classroomVideo lectures, simulationsFlipping a Fluid Mechanics Course with Adaptive Learning Software
Lois Bitner-OlsonSan DiegoMarketingHybridOnline homework, Online Proctoring, Camtasia, Incorporating Technology and Prezi into Principles of Marketing

Proven Faculty Leads, 2016-2017

Visit the 2016-17 Proven Lead page to view ePortfolios that demonstrate their respective course redesign model and outcomes.

Faculty Discipline Leads, 2015-2016

Visit the 2015-16 Proven Lead page to view ePortfolios that demonstrate their respective course redesign model and outcomes.

Proven Course Redesign 2013-2014

In May 2013, campuses submitted courses that had been redesigned to reduce repeatable grades. Forty-four of these courses were selected as Proven Course Redesign models to be scaled across other CSU campuses. Models include fully online, hybrid, flipped, supplemental instruction services and technology-enhanced delivery methods.

The Chancellor’s Office identified courses with multi-campus interest and high-enrollment demand. These courses were featured in hands-on eAcademies led by the CSU faculty who led that proven redesign effort. The eAcademies supported over 100 CSU faculty learning to adopt exemplary curricular, pedagogical, and accessibility practices from their colleagues and other experts. Since the eAcademies, faculty participants have engaged in a Professional Learning Community with regular webinars, discussion forums, and evaluation activities to enable the timely and successful implementation of their redesign strategies.

Proven Course Redesign eAcademies

  • July 22-24, Circuits Analysis @ San José State University: 19 faculty, 13 campuses (Summary)
  • July 29-31, Physics @ Cal Poly Pomona: 19 faculty, 5 campuses (Summary)
  • July 31-Aug 2, Chemistry @ CSU Fullerton: 11 faculty, 4 campuses (Summary)
  • Aug 7-9, Mathematics @ CSU Northridge: 21 faculty, 10 campuses (Summary)
  • Aug 12-14, Critical Thinking @ CSU Chico: 16 faculty, 9 campuses (Summary)
  • Sep 13, Statway @ Foothill College/SJSU: 27 faculty, 14 campuses (Summary)
  • Oct 21-23, Biology @ Chancellor’s Office: 24 faculty, 12 campuses (Summary)
  • Dec 12-13, Online Sciences @ Los Angeles: 46 faculty, 13 campuses (Summary)
  • Jan 15-16, Mid-Year Progress & Assessment Meeting @ LA: 41 faculty (Summary)
  • Proven Course Redesign eAcademy Evaluation (July – Oct 2013)

Professional Learning Community in Course Redesign

After attending an eAcademy, faculty were given the option to join a year-long Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on course redesign. To date, approximately 100 CSU faculty are participating in the PLC, which meets biweekly using Collaborate as a platform for synchronous online presentations, discussions, and collaborations. Further information regarding the PLC topics, as well as access to session slides, recordings, and summaries, may be obtained at the Professional Learning Community page.

Virtual Labs

The Virtual Labs in the CSU is part of system-wide Academic Technology initiative to reduce enrollment bottleneck courses for students through the use of innovative online technologies. Science faculty throughout the CSU are adopting virtual labs to engage students in learning through active participation rather than passive observation. Technological advances, combined with bandwidth maturity and mobile access make virtual labs an increasingly viable part of the teaching and learning.

We invite you to visit the CSU Virtual Labs website to learn about current and innovative virtual labs technologies, lab experiments, and simulations used in teaching the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines in higher education.

Interested in Applying to the Proven Course Redesign Program?

Please contact your campus Course Redesign with Technology Coordinator, who will know respective program elements, eligibility, and timing of RFPs.