Collaborative Course (Re)Design Learning Community



Collaborative Course (Re)Design (CCRD) is an approach to redesigning a course that you have taught previously. In CCRD, you and one of your former students work together collaboratively to redesign portions of a course that you want to update and improve. Faculty benefit from engaging in the CCRD process as it increases insights into student learning, and student collaborators benefit from engaging in the CCRD process as they develop insights into the teaching and learning process. Extensive literature demonstrates positive outcomes for everyone involved (Bovill et al., 2011; Bovill et al., 2015; Ziegenfuss & Lawler, 2008), but what is more, you may find renewed joy and energy in the collaboration and your teaching. Our learning community will facilitate the process of engaging in CCRD with you and the student you invite to be your partner.

Our learning community will include pairs of faculty-student partners who will participate in a learning community during the Fall 2024 semester. Ideal faculty fellows should have a course in mind that they have previously taught and to which they would like to make revisions. Additionally, they should be open to the possibility of collaborating with and learning from their student partner. We welcome applicants from faculty members, full-time lecturers, and part-time lecturers in all programs.

The CCRD learning community is funded by the Faculty Development Center. This learning community also supports the Teaching and Learning Together (TaLT) initiative that began at the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center during the 2022-2023 academic year. TaLT aims to increase collaborations in teaching and learning between faculty and students across our campus. We are working towards increasing the connections and community, which have historically been a strength of EMU.

The application deadline for the fall 2024 semester has passed.

About the Facilitators

Dr. Sarah Ginsberg

I have been on the faculty at Eastern Michigan University for over 20 years. My research has focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), within my field and across higher education. I have used collaborative course redesign (CCRD) to improve many of the courses that I teach. I am looking forward to working with teacher-student partners to implement CCRD in a variety of courses. I rely on collaborative approaches to education and it has become the focus of much of my work in both my teaching and my research. 

Shay Morrison

I received my BA in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2016, and I am currently a graduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders here at EMU. I am looking forward to fostering partnerships between students and faculty as they work together to redesign a course and learn from one another’s perspectives. I am excited for students to become more involved in their education, and for instructors to expand their understanding of student learning.


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