Comprehensive Student Success Program (CSSP) Grant Toolkit
Through a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) CSSP Grant in 2011, faculty
and staff at UHD worked together in communities of practice to redesign numerous gateway
courses, such as English Composition, U.S. History, and College Algebra. This grant
allowed for the continuation of gateway course redesign efforts at UHD and expansion
to new target courses, including General Biology I and General Chemistry I. Renewal
grants to continue CSSP efforts through 2015 culminated with introduction of a flipped
classroom model called Team-Based Learning (TBL) and successful implementations of
SI integration, study skills instruction, and extended class times to accommodate
active learning approaches. These strategies are highlighted the video Active Learning and Gateway Courses which focuses on the General Biology course redesign, A. In 2016, the THECB launched
a capstone funding opportunity to create a web resource (i.e. "Toolkit") to document
best practices and lessons learned from the CSSP grant course redesign efforts. Please
follow the links below to navigate through the UHD CSSP Toolkit.
Successful collaborative course design is accomplished by combining sound principles of collaboration, course design, and project management.
More information on course redesign
Integration of modeled learning strategies instruction into a content-based course can provide students the skills necessary to be successful without sacrificing significant classroom time.
Inverting or flipping a class is a blended learning approach that intentionally moves lectures, content and asynchronous activities into an online and out-of-class learning environment.
While a flipped-classroom model is adaptable to a variety of classroom layouts, furniture designed for teamwork and technology to facilitate engagement create an optimal learning environment.