The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach

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            The Course Syllabus:
              A Learning-Centered
               Approach

Alexander
  Thomson                  by Judith Grunert O’Brien, Barbara J. Mills,
                           and Margaret W. Cohen. Second edition. San
Dr.Thomson
is an Associate
                           Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2008, 132
Professor of Politcal      pages, ISBN 9780470197615. Softcover:
Science/History at         $28usd
Schoolcraft College in
Livonia, Michigan.

                         The first edition of The Course Syllabus: A Learning-
                         Centered Approach was released in 1997. It was a
                         useful and efficient resource for faculty who were
                         trying to create course syllabi that helped students
                         understand how they fit into an active learning
                         environment. By presenting ideas, strategies, and
                         perspectives solidly placed within the research, the
                         authors ensured that readers could easily access rel-
                         evant information without being mired in a mess of
                         abstraction.
                            The book’s second edition, released in 2008,
                         continues the tradition and has been updated to re-
                         flect current classroom realities that were less preva-
                         lent when the book was originally published. For
                         example, the explosive growth of online learning
                         and course management systems has resulted in an
                         added level of dynamism in shaping learning envi-
                         ronments. Additionally, the book’s attention to the


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DOCUMENT INFO
Description: [...] edition. [...] the instructor who wants specific assistance on topics such as crafting a well-written teaching philosophy statement or drafting effective course objectives will be well-served by opening O'Brien/ Mills/Cohen's book.
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