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NextGen returns Feb. 21 to NIU

February 3, 2014
Brenda McCoy

Brenda McCoy

NIU Vice Provost Anne Birberick invites faculty and staff to an upcoming workshop on Next Generation Course Redesign, also known as NextGen, presented by Brenda McCoy of the University of North Texas.

McCoy, welcomed back to the campus at the request of the faculty, will share her successful model for transforming large lecture classes into environments of experiential learning. NextGen classes are redesigned to include online learning and engaging small-group activities.

The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. RSVP is requested by noon Friday, Feb. 14, to [email protected].

Deans, department chairs, Course Transformation Project (CTP) Fellows and faculty members who teach lecture courses are especially encouraged to attend. CTP is hosting the event.

McCoy is director of the BAAS Program and chair of the Department of Community and Professional Programs at the University of North Texas. This unit is largely comprised of undergraduate faculty with a teaching focus and includes alternative dispute resolution, non-profit studies and the bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree program.

Actively involved with UNT’s Next Generation Course Redesign Project since 2009, she has redesigned three courses and has started work on the fourth. She has conducted numerous workshops and given presentations on the need for a new instructional paradigm in higher education.

Before beginning her career in higher education, McCoy worked in marketing and management for 15 years, including 11 years at IBM.

For more information on the workshop, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning or Michaela Holtz at (815) 753-8152 or [email protected].