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					  Look forward

                          Look backward
                                                  Today’s topic:
                                                   The course
Checklist for final
Teaching portfolio           Activity:
                       Plan for what needs           Activity:
                        To be done over        Review your present
                      The next three months      Syllabus with a

                                                   With a partner,
                                               Brainstorm alternative
                                              Methods of communication
Re-Presenting Your Course

     Syllabus, Calendar, Text,
Course Redesign

   Course redesign is the process of
    restructuring the way the content of a
    course is delivered. It generally
    involves the redesign of an entire
    course (rather than individual classes
    or sections) to achieve better learning
5 Principles of Course
   Principle #1: Redesign the whole course.
   Principle #2: Encourage active learning.
   Principle #3: Provide students with
    individualized assistance.
   Principle #4: Build in ongoing assessment
    and prompt (automated) feedback.
   Principle #5: Ensure sufficient time on task
    and monitor student progress.
Essential Elements

   Goals, Objectives, Outcomes
   Activities
   Feedback
   Assessment
   Materials (Reading, Viewing,
    Interacting, Experimenting)
Communication with Students

   Verbal
   Syllabus
   Web site
 Three strong beliefs associated
 with a course syllabus

     The syllabus is the key tangible evidence of
      planning from instructor to the world.
     The planning manifested through the
      syllabus can reduce, before a class even
      meets, about half the work for teaching a
     The syllabus serves as a communication
      device and contract to shift the responsibility
      for learning to the student.

Performance Instruction: Planning, Delivering, Evaluating, by
Daniel E. Vogler, 1991.
Purposes of the Syllabus
   Offer students a clear and concise statement of
    what your course is about;
   Tell them how you are going to teach the material to
    them and why;
   Provide all the logistical information they need to
    engage you and the course materials easily;
   Explain to them exactly what is required of them,
    when and why;
   Lay out for them the essential elements of the
    social contract that you and they are entering into.
3 Functions of Syllabi

   Motivation: a warm tone and
    inclusive, accessible writing motivate
    students to engage with the course;
    positive presuppositions expressed
    about students facilitates in them a
    positive self-fulfilling prophecy.

Slattery, J. M. and Carlson, J. F.(2005).Preparing an effective
syllabus: current best practices. College Teaching, 53, pp.
3 Functions of Syllabi

   Structure: a clear map of topics and
    related assignments and due dates
    facilitates proper student planning.
    Writing a clear syllabus helps us, as
    faculty, grasp the plan and purpose of
    the course deeply.
3 Functions of Syllabi

   Evidence: in case of disputes regarding the
    course, the syllabus is often used by
    administrators or mediators to resolve them;
    in tenure and promotion cycles, syllabi are
    important documents as evidence of
    currency, innovation and mastery of course
    material; students need well-designed
    syllabi to facilitate transfer of credits
    between departments or institutions.
How Blackboard Influences
Essential Elements of a
   Course Name
   Instructor Contact Information
   Class Meeting Days, Times, and Locations as
   Course Overview/Introduction
   Course Motivational statement
   Course Goals
   Student Performance Objectives
   Course alignment
   Content outline
   Course schedule
Essential Elements of a
   Text(s) and Readings
   Student Performance Assessments
       Project/Papers/Products
       Tests/Examinations
   Basic Classroom Management Policies
       Attendance/Tardy Policy
       Late Submissions
   Other responsibilities (lab work, field work etc.)
   Grading
   "Academic dishonesty" statement
The syllabus as a legal
Design issues

   Font
   White space
   Graphics
Samples of Syllabi from
Carnegie Mellon


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