The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach / Edition 2

The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach / Edition 2

by Judith Grunert O'Brien, Barbara J. Millis, Margaret W. Cohen
     
 

Creating a well-crafted syllabus is the first step in helping students understand the goals of a course, their responsibilities, and the criteria that will be used to evaluate their performance.

When it was first published in 1997, The Course Syllabus became the gold standard reference for both new and experienced college faculty. Like the first edition,

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Overview

Creating a well-crafted syllabus is the first step in helping students understand the goals of a course, their responsibilities, and the criteria that will be used to evaluate their performance.

When it was first published in 1997, The Course Syllabus became the gold standard reference for both new and experienced college faculty. Like the first edition, this book is based on a learner-centered approach. Because faculty members are now deeply committed to engaging students in learning, the syllabus has evolved into a useful, if lengthy, document. Today's syllabus provides details about course objectives, requirements and expectations, and also includes information about teaching philosophies, specific activities and the rationale for their use, and tools essential to student success.

This new and thoroughly revised edition places the syllabus within the context of (1) today's students, including "millennials" and nontraditionals; (2) current and emerging campus technologies which offer, among other innovations, course management systems for online and hybrid delivery; and (3) contemporary faculty goals to nurture lifelong learners, teach students how to learn, assess learning outcomes, and prepare students for a changing workplace. In addition, The Course Syllabus includes:

  • Updated research literature on faculty development and higher education
  • A revised resource list and bibliography
  • A new selection of syllabus excerpts from campuses across the nation representing a range of disciplines from a variety of institutions

The book's examples illustrate topics faculty are including in learning-centered syllabi such as civility, academic honesty, safety, and tools to support successful learning.

"I can't imagine a book more deserving of a second edition. And, I can't imagine a second edition better than the first, but this one is, thanks to the able efforts of the two new authors."
Maryellen Weimer, professor emeritus, Penn State and editor, The Teaching Professor

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470197615
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
JB - Anker Series, #123
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
579,752
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Judith Grunert O'Brien has retired from her work at Syracuse University to focus on sculpture, drawing, and writing. She was a member of the School of Art faculty, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, when she wrote the first edition of a Learning-Centered Syllabus in 1997.

Barbara J. Millis is director of the Excellence in Teaching Program at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Margaret W. Cohen is director and associate provost for professional development at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

The Authors xix

PART I: FOCUS ON LEARNING

Preparing Students 3

Setting a Framework for Knowledge 4

Planning Your Learning-Centered Syllabus: An Overview of the Process 13

Composing a Learning-Centered Syllabus 21

Using a Learning-Centered Syllabus 34

PART II: EXAMPLES

Checklist 39

Table of Contents 40

Instructor Information 41

Student Information Form 43

Letter to the Students or Teaching Philosophy Statement 44

Purpose of the Course 49

Course Description 51

Course Objectives 54

Readings 63

Resources 65

Course Calendar 67

Course Requirements 71

Policies and Expectations: Attendance, Late Papers, Missed Tests, Class Behaviors, and Civility 77

Policies and Expectations: Academic Integrity, Disability Access, and Safety 87

Evaluation 92

Grading Procedures 98

How to Succeed in the Course: Tools for Study and Learning 102

PART III: SUGGESTED READINGS

General Teaching 111

Active Learning 112

Assessment and Evaluation 113

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning 113

Course and Curriculum Design 114

Critical Thinking 115

Information Technology 115

Learning and Motivation 116

Student Differences 116

Online Resources for Syllabus Construction 118

Teaching Portfolios 118

References 121

Index 127

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