syllabi

The Nuts & Bolts of Syllabus Writing brought to you by UH Manoa Center for Teaching Excellence and Graduate Division - Preparing Future Faculty Fall 2012
 

Aloha! This page features outstanding links to assist you in creating an exemplary syllabus!

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Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota
What is an effective syllabus? and Syllabus Checklist
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/tutorials/syllabus/what/index.html

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Syllabus Handbook: Brown University
This .pdf file is a great resource to use to help design any kind of syllabus. First it gives the reader an explanation of the importance of designing a syllabus. It discusses how a well-written syllabus enhances student learning and helps students make appropriate course selections. Next the viewer has a chance to explore some sample syllabi from four different areas. They can look at a syllabus in the area of Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences. At the end of each of those syllabi there are some questions that evaluate the effectiveness of each of those syllabi. At this point the viewer is ready to design his or her own syllabus.
Read the handbook here

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Course Design: Stanford University
Whether designing a new course or preparing to adopt a standardized curriculum, you will find it helpful to begin your course preparation by clearly defining what you expect your students to have learned by the end of your course or section. You can then put together course materials, or select new ways of presenting course materials, that serve the learning outcomes you have chosen.
http://ctl.stanford.edu/handbook/course-design.html

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Learning-centered Syllabus: Penn State
Creating a Learning-centered syllabus, means that you'll also be designing it to help your students use the document in ways that support their learning process.
http://www.personal.psu.edu/scs15/idweb/syllabus.htm

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Syllabus Creation Guide: George Washington University
The checklist is very thorough and has the most important elements listed. Another even better characteristic about the web site is that the checklist has links about each of the components.
http://tlc.provost.gwu.edu/syllabus

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The Effects of Online Syllabus Interactivity on Students' Perception of the Course and Instructor
Examines whether level of interactivity in an online syllabus influences students' first impressions of course and instructor. Participants viewed identical syllabi , differing only in number and relationship of hyperlinks. The independent variable, interactivity, had three ordinal levels: web site with no links (low interactivity), web site with three linearly sequenced links (medium interactivity), and web site with three links, each hierarchically related to three further links (high interactivity).
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The Purposes of a Syllabus
Discusses the roles of syllabi and the corresponding implications for syllabus content. Concept of the term syllabus; Fundamental aspects of syllabi; Comparison between the scope of syllabi in introductory or foundations courses and in advanced seminars; Implications for the use of syllabus as a contract; Reasons for the significance of a syllabus as a permanent record.
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Twenty-First Century College Syllabi : Options for Online Communication and Interactivity
Examines Web-based syllabi of current college courses offered in schools of education through an examination of syllabi on the Web site of the World Lecture Hall. Discusses forms of communication and interactivity; the influence of instructors; the influence of students; and the influence of practitioners and experts.
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The Syllabus as a Tool for Student-Centered Learning
Describes a study conducted at Oakland University (Michigan) to examine the degree to which syllabi in general education classes reference general education guidelines. Finds that knowledge transmission was primary in syllabi , whereas skills and attitude development were less emphasized. Proposes that syllabi can be used better by promoting the implicit contract and defining expectations for instructor and student.
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Writing a Syllabus
By Howard B. Altman, University of Louisville and William E. Cashin, Kansas State
University
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Syllabus Design for and Online Course
Online Instruction

Dr. Margaret Fieweger, Associate VP of Undergraduate Studies
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