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How to slay a monster course

July 21, 2017

As part of their curriculum redesign effort, the College of Pharmacy is confronting several 6-hour “monster courses.” Until now, the courses have been chunked by topic and taught by groups of expert faculty--a challenge to coordinate--and students who fail a single unit must retake the entire course. Separating these 6-credit beasts into a series of shorter courses, as short as 3 weeks and worth as little as 1 credit, will allow students to more efficiently receive credit specifically for what they've mastered. 

School of Journalism investigates student perspectives

July 21, 2017

Faculty understand the challenge: the field of journalism is changing rapidly, and students who choose journalism degrees need a much wider range of continuously evolving skills. Creating a “Vision” document, with the help of the FIC in Fall 2016, prompted them to articulate those pain points clearly. Department Chair RB Brenner and Curriculum Action Team (CAT) leader Kathleen McElroy worked over the winter break to develop a framework for broad changes to address those challenges, which they shared with the CAT in January.

Electrical and Computer Engineering collaborates on curriculum questions

July 21, 2017

ECE is committed. Approximately fifteen faculty members of the Curriculum Action Team (CAT) and the FIC department coordinator convene at least weekly to tackle tough questions about how well their curriculum serves students. Last fall, under the leadership of Professors Christine Julien and Mattan Erez, they examined different pathways students take to meet degree requirements and, with help from Project 2021’s research group, surveyed alumni and employers to understand graduates’ experiences.