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Engaging Students with the Syllabus

Reblogged from Jay C. Treat:

It’s about time to finalize syllabi for fall courses.

Ah, the syllabus! It’s an essential course document, usually the first a student sees, and yet it’s typically the most boring document in the entire course. How can we make it engaging?

Dr. Barbi Honeycutt presents useful suggestions for creating a syllabus that will engage students.  See her online article, “A Syllabus Tip: Embed Big Questions,”

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  1. August 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm | #1

    Have you ever considered trying a visual syllabus? It can be pretty cool. Here is a blog post about this from the CHE. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/creative-approaches-to-the-syllabus/35621. If you Google “visual syllabus” there is lots of stuff on the topic.

  2. August 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm | #2

    Excellent and timely advice, Jay. Thanks for sharing. Andy Lamas shared his syllabus with me over the summer and I found it visually breath-taking, with images, links and video. It gave me ideas for how syllabi could better function as a roadmap for a class.

  3. August 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm | #3

    Thanks for sharing this article with your readers! I look forward to hearing how it works if anyone decides to give it a try with their syllabus this semester.

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