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Provost's Course Redesign Competition

September 13, 2009

TILT is currently accepting pre-proposals for the 2010-2011 grant competition to support the redesign of undergraduate core, foundational, and gateway courses across the University.

Annual competition to enhance student learning

The Institute for Learning and Teaching administers the Provost's Course Redesign Competition. This annual competition is designed to enhance student learning and promote pedagogical innovation through the redesign of core, foundational, and gateway courses.

The redesign process should be led by faculty members who are actively involved in teaching the courses. The process will be supported by consultation with instructional designers from TILT.

Up to $15K can be requested

Up to $15,000 can be requested to support redesign of a course or a sequence of related courses. Pre-proposals for course redesign are invited from all programs that offer core, foundational, or gateway courses. A limited number of proposals are selected for resubmission in revised form.

Funding of up to $15,000 per course-redesign project is available for the
2010-2011 academic year, pending finalization of the 2010-2011 annual budget. Proposals may be new or may extend a successful redesign project from the 2009-2010 academic-year competition.

Improve learning of large numbers of students

As was the case in past competitions, we are particularly interested in funding proposals that will improve the learning of large numbers of students. Proposals that address the redesign of the first course in a sequence of courses or one or more sections of multi-section courses, for example, will be more competitive than those that address the redesign of courses that have relatively low enrollments. However, proposals to redesign courses with low enrollments will be competitive if they can lead to the enhancement of instruction in other courses, as would be the case if the development of learning strategies or instructional materials could be readily adapted for use in other courses.

What might work better?

Faculty and departments are encouraged to ask what might work better than current practices in selected courses, and to examine the relationship between the course(s) proposed for redesign and broader learning objectives at the departmental or university level. This competition provides an opportunity to:

  • add hands-on, active-learning components
  • experiment with techniques that provide immediate feedback on whether and how well students are grasping concepts and processes
  • consider the role of collaborative learning techniques
  • explore the potential uses of Web-based tutorials that provide individualized feedback on student learning and performance
  • consider the use of other techniques that might lead to enhanced student learning and academic success

To support this redesign of courses, the Institute for Learning and Teaching will provide assistance that might take the form of consultation, instructional materials development, workshops, and funding for visiting scholars, among other resources.

Call for proposals 

TILT is currently accepting pre-proposals for the 2010-2011 academic year course redesign competition. Successful proposals will provide a clear problem definition and rationale for redesign. Winners of the competition will be named TILT Teaching Fellows for the 2010-2011 academic year and will participate in a series of weekly professional development meetings in February and early March 2010 to prepare for the redesign of courses.

In March and April 2010, the Teaching Fellows will work with TILT instructional designers to develop a course redesign plan and project budget. The Teaching Fellows will meet regularly as a group through the 2010-2011 academic year to share progress on their projects.

Submission deadline Oct. 5

The deadline for pre-proposals is 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, 2009. Proposals should be submitted electronically. Please send your proposal as an attachment (PDF or Word format) to an e-mail message to Shirley Guitron, Institute administrative assistant, at

Original signature pages should be sent via campus mail to Shirley Guitron at the Institute for Learning and Teaching, Campus Delivery 1052.

For more information about TILT's grant competitions, please contact us at (970) 491-3132 or

Contact: Mike Palmquist
Phone: (970) 491-3132