2. Syllabus Overview
The syllabus is an essential tool in any course. Generally given to students on the first day, it is the contract between the student and the teacher. If designed and utilized effectively, it helps to set a positive tone for the remainder of the quarter.
While parts of the syllabus have remained static, design elements of the dynamic parts have evolved with trends in adult education. The syllabus is an important part of creating a learner-centered environment.
How is the learner-centered syllabus different from its predecessors? In a nutshell, "When reading a learner-centered syllabus, students learn what is required to achieve the course objectives, and they learn what processes will support their academic success."1 Included here are strategies to help you design more learner-centered syllabi.
1. Grunert O'Brien, J., Mills, B. J., & Cohen, M.W., (2008). The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.