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Course redesign Workshop

Summer 2024 (Virtual)

deadline: May 24, 2024

Expect great discussion with community college faculty colleagues representing a number of institutions and academic disciplines. Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted online through Google Meet.

The online Workshop

The Great Questions Foundation Summer Course Redesign Workshops focus on helping faculty members incorporate the discussion-based study of transformative texts in general education courses they teach at community colleges. In each workshop, 10 community college faculty members will collaborate with two experienced faculty leaders on developing discussion-based pedagogy, student-centered study questions, assignments and a redesigned syllabus for a general education course they teach at their home institution. Expect to have meaningful and helpful discussions with community college faculty colleagues representing a number of institutions and academic disciplines from all over the country. Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted through Google Meet.

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Each workshop will focus on a grouping of transformative texts from The Great Questions Foundation’s Transformative Text List. Workshops pair an ancient/classic text(s) with a modern or contemporary text, emphasizing the persistent human questions raised by each text across spans of time, place and culture. These workshops are less about engaging with these texts as experts and scholars and more about learning how they can help us productively raise persistent human questions with our students in the courses we teach. Each workshop will include four meetings over Zoom lasting two hours each, running for four consecutive weeks. Some texts will be read in excerpt. Upon completion of the workshop, faculty participants will each have incorporated the discussion-based study of one or more of the texts we will read into the curriculum of a general education course they teach.

Workshop Impact

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1,500-1,600 Students

at 28 different institutions have completed courses impacted by our summer curriculum redesign workshops.


92% of faculty

respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their participation in a TGQF Summer Workshop helped them incorporate more discussion-based learning in the classes they teach.

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enhancing confidence

The workshops played an important role in enhancing the confidence of the faculty in facilitating student-centered, discussion-based courses.

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Students reported that these courses were among the most meaningful they have completed at their institutions.

These courses stand out at the institutions where they are offered in providing students with an opportunity to engage in discussion-based learning. 98% of student respondents reported that their TGQF supported redesigned courses, which included many opportunities for participation in class discussion when compared with other courses they have taken at their institution. In these discussion-based courses, students felt free to engage with a diversity of viewpoints and ideas. 89% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they felt free to explore opinions and/or points of view that are unpopular and/or not widely held in these redesigned courses.

Join Our Workshop

Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted through Google Meet. 


This opportunity is available to current community college faculty members who teach general education/core curriculum courses at accredited US institutions.


The application deadline is Friday, May 24

Notifications will be sent to selected participants on Friday, May 31


Participants will receive a $600 stipend stipend from The Great Questions Foundation upon successful completion of the workshop

Summer 2024 Course redesign Workshop

Souls of Black Folk

Workshop 1

Four consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 25, from 10am-12pm central // 11am-1pm eastern each session, and ending July 16

Led by:

Benli Shechter
Richard J. Daley College – City Colleges Of Chicago


Ted Hadzi-Antich Jr. Austin Community College

Organizing Questions

What Is The Best Form Of Government? What is the proper relationship between the individual and the state?
What Is The Good Life? How do I live it and with whom do I need to associate in order to live it well?

Workshop One texts

Why is this text Transformative?

Tocqueville’s purpose will require students to examine how certain social, economic, and political conditions in individual nations can influence the success and failure of certain forms of government.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Why is this text Transformative?

Du Bois is one of the most influential US authors in the 20th century. His work helped shape productive advocacy for equal rights and treatment of Black people in the United States and remains relevant in that continued struggle. His penetrating insight into “double consciousness” remains an important psychological and sociological framework.

W.E.B. Du Bois

The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night

Workshop 2

Four consecutive Thursdays, beginning July 25, from 1:30-3:30pm central time // 2:30-4:30pm eastern time, and ending August 15

Led by:

Grant Potts, Austin Community College 
Mary Stoecklein, Pima Community College

Organizing Questions

Is There A Supreme Being Or Beings? If so, what is this Being’s nature? Does this Being intervene in human affairs? If this Being is good and all-powerful, how can evil exist?
What Is Justice? What are my obligations to others and what are their obligations towards me? 

Workshop two texts

Why is this text Transformative?

Jataka tales are about life’s challenges, temptations, and uncertainties. They are held in esteemed position in all Buddhist traditions and have been immortalized in art, music, and drama. The Jatakas are the most comprehensible among all Buddhist literature and are perfect text to introduce first year college students to Buddhism and Buddhist literature. Students can easily relate to the moral and philosophical questions addressed in the text, including who is deceitful? Who is a good politician? What should be the ethics of running a business?

Why is this text Transformative?

Although highly fictionalized, even fantastic, the stories reflect social mores, political structures, family life, and daily occupations of another time and place, while simultaneously connecting to human concerns like the desires for happiness and justice, the presence of negative emotions like jealousy and anger, inequity and misunderstanding between genders, and the morality of those in power...They are also ideal for the classroom because they are (mostly) easy to extract and teach as free-standing pieces of literature.
White Teeth

Workshop 3

Four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning July 23, from 9am – 11am central time // 10am – 12pm eastern time, and ending August 13

Led by:

Gayle Williamson, Cuyahoga Community College
Patrick Kenny
Onondaga Community College

Organizing Questions

What Is Love? Whom do I love, and how do I know? How do I know if I am loved?
Who Am I? Where am I going? And what difference does it make?

Join Our Workshop

Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted through Zoom.