Course Redesign for Improved Student Success
The SOAR (Student Oriented Active Redesign) Project is a collaborative effort between the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies to support Temple University schools and colleges in redesigning courses with consistently high DFW rates.
Courses selected for the SOAR project have been identified as having consistently high DFW rates across most sections of the course and were not intentionally designed to restrict capacity in a major or professional field, or they have other persistent issues that need attention. Departments or colleges identify one or two faculty per course to participate in the SOAR project. The dean/chair nominates faculty passionate about teaching undergraduate students and open to the possibilities that course redesign might offer them. In this year-long program, faculty work alongside CAT educational developers and educational technology specialists to redesign courses and implement them.
SOAR-based redesigns include intervention at multiple levels: learning goals, assessments, teaching and student engagement methods, mode of content delivery, and sometimes the selection of course content itself. For their efforts, faculty receive a stipend per course split into 2 payments (summer and spring). They also receive an opportunity to network and work with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, training and one-on-one consultations about teaching and use of technology in teaching, and the possibility of co-authoring articles or presenting at conferences.