Tempering the Syllabus: From Contract to Invitation, Map, and Guide

Mid way through a semester is the perfect time to look critically at your current syllabus and make notes about what changes you might make for next time you teach the course. Ponder briefly your lesson plans, grading schemes, guideposts for determining how to handle issues equitably, and overall tone and appearance. How can one develop a syllabus that balances institutional mandates, represents faculty preferences, and all the while invites to students to become excited about the course? This blog by Keisha Paxton (CSU Dominguez Hills) and Emily Daniell Magruder (CSU Office of the Chancellor) offers a guide to help you think about a few nuances of constructing your syllabus.

read the post at the Scholarly Teacher


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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