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NEXT GENERATION LEARNING
UNT ACHIEVES NATIONAL
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CENTER FOR LEARNING
The Next Generation Course Redesign project at
UNT is supported by UNT's Center for Learning
Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign. CLEAR,
which is directed by Patrick Pluscht, was the prod-
uct of a merger between the Center for Distributed
Learning and the Center for Teaching, Learning and
Assessment. It provides technology and profes-
sional support to faculty members participating in
the N-Gen project by helping them move away
from traditional educational methods and toward
more innovative methods. The CLEAR team also
produces the web- and technology-related content
for N-Gen courses.
For information and videos about course
design, visit www.unt.edu/untresearch.
In 1860, a series of fires burned several North Texas communities. Rumors began that slaves lit the fires as
part of a terrorist scheme hatched by northern abolitionists. Fears were exacerbated by the pending presidential
election featuring Abraham Lincoln, who was nominated on a platform opposing the spread of slavery.
Students in "U.S. History to 1865," a course designed at the University of North Texas, are familiar with
these "Texas Troubles." They are asked to assume the role of I860s reporters and investigate whether the fires
were accidental or the work of abolitionists. Along the way they gain a better understanding of the political cli-
mate that led to the Civil War.
This role playing module is just one example of how UNT is changing the way that students and faculty
think about learning.
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As enrollments and class sizes have grown across the nation, universities are increasingly looking for ways
to improve student learning. Five years ago at UNT, Philip Turner, a professor of library and information sci-
ences then serving as associate vice provost for learning enhancement, recognized the growing need to make
large-enrollment courses more engaging for students. The result was the Next Generation (N-Gen) Course
Now a national leader in course redesign, UNT is known for creating courses that incorporate technology
and encourage student engagement. These courses are leading to improved student learning and stronger critical
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UNT's efforts to create engaging learning experiences within large classes
have made it a national leader in course redesign Kelly McMichael and
Philip Turner oversee UNT's Next Generation Course Redesign project.
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