How to Get the Most out of Your Syllabus

How to Get the Most out of Your Syllabus

How to Get the Most out of Your Syllabus Laura Ashlock, MFTT University of Southern California Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity What is a syllabus? Syllabus (plural: syllabi): A document detailing assignments,

procedures, and requirements for the course (Thompson, 2007). Almost every course will have a syllabus, often provided on the first day of class and/or electronically Image retrieved from: https://imgflip.com/i/19aj6n Why do I need it?

Three Elements The syllabus is a contract The syllabus is a permanent record The syllabus is a learning tool (Parkes & Harris, 2002) Image retrieved from: https://www.dvusd.org/Page/58562 The Syllabus as a Contract Most syllabi include information about: Expected learning outcomes Basic course information

Required readings Course format and content Grading Technology Student responsibilities University You Professor

(Eberly, Newton, & Wiggins, 2001; Parkes & Harris, 2002) The syllabus as a Permanent Record Always download and save your syllabus (i.e. Google Drive) Record of material, textbooks, readings, and learning objectives for the

course. May be useful for graduate applications or transfer credit. (Parkes & Harris, 2002) Image retrieved from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/wordsat-play/the-difference-between-officious-and-official The syllabus as a Learning Tool Tips for using the syllabus to your advantage: Write down important dates

Note contact information Calculate grade breakdown Utilize rubrics Image retrieved from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-difference-betweenofficious-and-official (Parkes & Harris, 2002) Retrieved from: https://giphy.com/gifs/yes-yeah-yass-1fXcl6MEoOQvbOw3ZS References Eberly, M. B., Newton, S. E., & Wiggins, R. A.

(2001). The syllabus as a tool for student-centered learning. The Journal of General Education,50(1), 56-74. doi:10.1353/jge.2001.0003 Parkes, J., & Harris, M. B. (2002). The purposes of a syllabus. College Teaching,50(2), 55-61. doi:10.1080/87567550209595875 Thompson, B. (2007). The syllabus as a communication document: Constructing and presenting the syllabus. Communication Education,56(1), 54-71. doi:10.1080/03634520601011575

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