Monday, October 20, 2014

Syllabus Design for Dummies

The Chronicle of Higher Education - Vitae
October 20th, 2014



I know plenty of teachers who dread writing their syllabi, putting them off until the last minute when, finally, the night before classes start, they quickly crank out just enough to make it look like they know what they’re doing. Don’t do that. You will be much better off if you allow some time to think about the syllabus before writing it. A syllabus should go through multiple drafts before it’s shared with students.
Since a large portion of Vitae readers are graduate students and early career professors, we decided to put together an introductory guide to syllabus design. I always enjoyed the course design part of teaching, so I want to share the best course prep strategies I picked up as a teacher of freshman composition. See what you think and then use the Teaching Tips group to continue the discussion.


I know plenty of teachers who dread writing their syllabi, putting them off until the last minute when, finally, the night before classes start, they quickly crank out just enough to make it look like they know what they’re doing. Don’t do that. You will be much better off if you allow some time to think about the syllabus before writing it. A syllabus should go through multiple drafts before it’s shared with students.
Since a large portion of Vitae readers are graduate students and early career professors, we decided to put together an introductory guide to syllabus design. I always enjoyed the course design part of teaching, so I want to share the best course prep strategies I picked up as a teacher of freshman composition. See what you think and then use the Teaching Tips group to continue the discussion.
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I know plenty of teachers who dread writing their syllabi, putting them off until the last minute when, finally, the night before classes start, they quickly crank out just enough to make it look like they know what they’re doing. Don’t do that. You will be much better off if you allow some time to think about the syllabus before writing it. A syllabus should go through multiple drafts before it’s shared with students.
Since a large portion of Vitae readers are graduate students and early career professors, we decided to put together an introductory guide to syllabus design. I always enjoyed the course design part of teaching, so I want to share the best course prep strategies I picked up as a teacher of freshman composition. See what you think and then use the Teaching Tips group to continue the discussion.

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