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Overview: What's this charrette about?

Charrette Goals: We will...

  • Inventory successful practices and trends 
  • Discuss ideas for new approaches, resources, tools
  • Strategize pathways to open access and engage learners
  • Build a community of practice around this topic


Charrette Outcomes: You will...

  • Gather useful resources and inspiration 
  • Curate a portfolio of favorite ideas
  • Debate challenges and solutions
  • Influence new resource development
  • Connect with potential mentors 


Charrette Design

This brainstorming and design course will run for 2 weeks with asynchronous resource postings and hosted discussions. One synchronous event is planned for the second to last day, July 19, at 2pm EDT.  This course is co-facilitated by a team of volunteers and will run throughout weeks of July 9-20. 

Certificate of Completion

For participants interested in receiving P2PU School of Education certification of course completion, you will be required to meet a minimun level of participation, which will include posting discussion questions and answers on each topic and suggesting up to five resources (sample syllibi, open education resource, useful free web-based tools, research papers, successful examples of activities, etc.)



Topic & Task Schedule

July 9:  Week 1, Day 1  

Opening - Orientation, Information

  • Overview of P2PU and peer learning
  • Introductions of co-facilitators, participants
  • Refine course structure, topics, assignments
    • Call for additional resources and additions to syllabus


July 10-11:  Week 1, Day 2-3

Reading Comprehension:  Sharing ideas on such topics as:

  • Core Competencies
  • Successful Approaches
  • Promising Practices


July 12-13: Week 1 Day 4-5

English Language Fundamentals

  • Core Competencies
  • Successful Approaches
  • Promising Practices


July 16-17:  Week 2,  Day 6-7


  • Core Competencies
  • Successful Approaches
  • Promising Practices


July 18: Week 2,  Day 8

Learning/Study Skills for 21st c. college success

  • Core Competencies
  • Successful Approaches
  • Promising Practices


July 19: Week 2,  Day 9    LIVE WEB PANEL

  • Big Ideas in Redesigning Developmental English Curriculum
  • July 19, 11:00 PDT/2:00 EDT
  • Link to come 


July 20:  Week 2,  Day 10   Wrap Up and Future Activities  

  • Reflections on experience
  • Emergent Ideas for Action


Some background: Successful Approaches and Emergent Practices will be discussed throughout in terms of how these approaches may augment with use of online tools and media, social networking, learning communities and other 21st c trends in teaching and learning:

  • Emergent Practices and Redesign projects: What is working for dev students?
    • Integrated
    • Accelerated
    • Concurrent enrollment
    • Contextualization
    • Project-Based
    • Technology assisted
    • Common Core articulation to Placement Exams
    • Authentic Assessment
    • Open Learning Resources

NROC will be developing rich online open resources for teaching and learning developmental English core competencies in 2013-2014. NROC ( uses a participatory development process and welcomes subject matter experts who might want to be involved in the ongoing project to discuss your ideas with colleagues in this event.


Additional background reading: NROC staff have produced three reports examining different elements of developmental English: the curriculum, existing resources, and the  research-base for effective practice. These reports can serve as additional background for people to familiarize themselves with current trends in developmental English. Treat these documents as starting points for discussion, not the final word.

  1. Dev English Curriculum Review (pdf) (doc)
  2. Dev English Products Review (pdf) (doc)
  3. Dev English Research Review (pdf) (doc)


Possible Follow-on Projects/Courses:

  • Rapid Prototyping - Curriculum Hackathon
    • Design new curriculum proposals
    • Contribute lesson suggestions, outlines, open resources
    • Peer review and additions, augmentations, adaptations
    • Design multiple assessment approaches
  • Publish charrette results - open access, creative commons, attribution of all co-facilitators
  • Conference presentations
  • F2F meet up (if funding is available)
  • Participate in NROC Developmental English project

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