Balancing Efficiency & Effectiveness

Author Information
Gregory Waddoups
Brigham Young University
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
Brigham Young University
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

In a mixed delivery model Freshman Composition course, Brigham Young University finds a mechanism for balancing efficiency and effectiveness, two goals of most higher education institutions.

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 

Cost effective aspects of online environment: Brigham Young University (BYU), a private religious institution, faces the dilemma of trying to accommodate student enrollment growth simultaneously with square footage restrictions imposed by the administration. The solution chosen in response to this dilemma was to implement an online teaching and learning model that would attempt to increase efficiency without decreasing student learning and satisfaction. Currently, BYU is in the process of redesigning many of its General Education courses toward this end. One course, Freshman Composition (English 115), has been redesigned to achieve some efficiencies in course delivery as well as provide more consistency across course sections. The redesigned course reduces the amount of time students spend in the classroom from three hours to one hour a week, allowing the faculty to spend more time in one-on-one student consultations. A series of interactive multimedia lessons and additional peer-to-peer sessions replace the time students previously spent in the campus classroom.

Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

The redesign leveraged online multimedia modules to teach students key concepts about reading and writing. As a result, the redesigned course showed an overall faculty time savings of 25% when compared to the traditional course (capital for labor substitution).

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Effective Practice Contact: 
Gary Hatch
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