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The project leaders would like to acknowledge the support and funding provided by the Office for Learning and Teaching, without whom this project would not have been established. Funding for the Demonstration Redesign Project also comes from the LH Martin Institute’s establishment grant from the Australian Government. The LH Martin Institute was established in 2007 by the Australian Government for the purposes of enhancing leadership and management in the tertiary education sector.

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The objectives of the Demonstration Project on Course Redesign and Academic Productivity (the ‘Demonstration Redesign Project’) are to improve academic productivity and student learning. The project originated out of a series of executive seminars organised by the LH Martin Institute (LHMI) and led by Professor Bill Massy. These seminars highlighted successful academic productivity and student learning improvements achieved through course redesigns led by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) in the USA. Building on early 2010 foundation meetings with NCAT in Washington DC, the Demonstration Redesign Project is a partnership between the two participating universities, James Cook University (JCU) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU), and LHMI, NCAT and the Office for Learning and Teaching. Two units (or subjects, not single classes or sections) at each participating university will be redesigned according to NCAT’s methodology for activity based costing and course redesign. All four units receive financial support for their redesign. The success of the project is determined by improvements to student learning outcomes and cost reductions for the participating departments/schools.