Academic Innovation and Course Redesign (AICR)
Academic Innovation and Course Redesign (AIRC) is the home of a university-wide program that encourages and supports faculty in adopting and/or developing innovative and effective methods of engaging students in course content and increasing student learning. Course redesign includes any effort to facilitate student learning using active learning pedagogy that often leverages the use of technology-mediated education. Current course redesign efforts are focused on high-enrollment, multi-section, challenging, general education courses.
There is a growing research base indicating that course redesign is related to significant gains in student learning. Course redesign is gaining momentum across the nation and drawing the resources of higher education organization such as the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, as well as, private foundations such as the Gates Foundation.
Major funding for AIRC activities is provided by a $3.18 million Title V (Hispanic Serving Institutions) grant that runs through 2015. Additional funding is provided by Provost’s Office through CSALT and TILT.