Design Your Courses
The CFE is helping faculty members think about how current research on learning can help them transform their teaching in courses of any size. CFE staff help faculty members redesign their courses to provide regular and effective feedback for students, rich opportunities for students to interact with their peers, and class time for learning activities interspersed throughout lecture time.
In addition to working with individual faculty members, the CFE also works with departments to help them reach their curricular goals, such as revamping introductory courses to promote student interest in the disciplinary major or re-envisioning courses adversely impacted by budgetary constraints.
Resources for faculty members interested in redesigning a large-enrollment course are available through the CFE Large Course Redesign Program. They include personal consultations, free accounts for Poll Everywhere, the faculty peer visits program, large course redesign grants, workshops, and assessment support.
The CFE Course Design Institute (CDI) is a structured sequence of workshops, activities, and working sessions held over a 3-day period (12 hours overall) where a small cohort of instructors–generally between six and eight participants–are immersed in backward design approaches for developing their courses.
The CFE Large Course Redesign Initiative (formerly known as 100+ Initiative) supports faculty members interested in implementing changes to a large enrollment course in order to improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
Earlier this year, Lenovo announced that the Center for Faculty Excellence will receive approximately $400,000 over the next four years to support instructional innovation on campus.
In keeping with the University’s commitment to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at one of the world’s great research universities, the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence is proud to advance a culture of inclusive excellence in our classrooms and on our campus.
The CFE is deeply involved in the University’s exciting experimentation with alternative classroom designs that make it easier for instructors to use interactive learning methods.