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Syllabus Design: Looking at Different Approaches

Ended Jun 29, 2021
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Term: Summer 2021

Date: June 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2021

Time: 10:0am - 12:00pm each session


Instructor: Danielle Lusk

Presented By: Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)



The syllabus is one of the most important tools for communicating course expectations and content to our students. However, we lament how little it is used within our courses or why students do not read it. How can we fix that? Should we design our syllabi differently? This four-part workshop series will look at syllabus design from various perspectives and approaches. We will discuss ideas from texts such as Designing a Motivational Syllabus: Creating a Learning Path for Student Engagement (Harrington and Thomas); Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document That Changes Everything (Germano and Nicholls);  and The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (Nilson). By the end of the series, you'll leave with a better understanding of how syllabi can be designed and utilized to make well-informed decisions about your own.