you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
syllabus is a small place to start bringing students and faculty
members back together.... If students could be persuaded that
we are really interested in their understanding the materials
we offer, that we support their efforts to master it, and that
we take their intellectual struggles seriously, they might respond
by becoming involved in our courses, by trying to live up to our
expectations, and by appreciating our concern."
Early reviews of 4faculty.org reveal that "Building Your Syllabus" is one of the most popular sections offered. That said, we hope you'll read it and share your ideas for making it even more helpful.
What is the module about? It's about legal requirements first, but much more importantly it's about creating a syllabus that promotes you, your class and your students' success. Ask yourself as you read this lesson what are you really doing when you write a syllabus. Aren't you trying to sell ideas, change behavior, encourage students to read and then act in a certain way? Isn't the syllabus by its very nature a persuasive document? Or, did you just think it was about text book names and assignment dates?
If we are truly student centered and if we understand community college students, we know that the syllabus needs to motivate. We need to move beyond instructor centered documents to learner centered syllabi that capture the students' imaginations. We want them to go home, show it to their friends, tell them about the exciting class in which they are enrolled. We want them to "see" that we carefully planned for their learning.
You'll find templates for syllabi in this lesson. Please come back soon as we add new ideas and examples all the time.
- by Kristina Kauffman