How do I write a syllabus? What kind of tone should it set? Isn't there a template I can just use? These are some of the questions many professors—especially if you're NEW—want answered. You just want the specifics, minus the jargon. A syllabus that captivates students and gets them excited about the course you teach.
The problem is, students think our course syllabus is like a contract. And who can blame them for thinking that way, with its hefty requirements, policies, objectives, and outcomes? We forget the syllabus is often the first thing students see about us, so it can really affect the way they approach your course.
Yet most of us never really learned how to create one, especially one that ENGAGES. We adapt old versions written by some retired instructor years ago. It's time we found a better way.
Create an Engaging Syllabus: A Concise, 7-Step Guide for Professors gives you the roadmap you've always wanted. Here's what it covers:
- The right way to think of your syllabus (HINT: It's not a contract)
- How to make your tone and language more inviting
- How to instantly captivate your students' attention (HINT: avoid the formal "Course Description" language)
- How to deal with the "boring" but required stuff (i.e., policies, outcomes, etc.)
- How to leverage the way Millennials read and absorb information
- Powerful ways to capture visual appeal
Most importantly, this book includes TEMPLATES. Two of them.
You get a simply-designed, text-only version—for those who don't want to mess around. You also get a more graphic version, for that extra WOW factor. Both will get students in the right frame of mind.
Written by Norman Eng—bestselling author of Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students—Create an Engaging Syllabus takes a mundane topic and gives it the makeover professors have been asking for. Find out the 7 simple steps to a winning syllabus in this power-packed, 62-paged book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Create an Engaging Syllabus, Eng helps readers get to the heart of their course's purpose and appeal and to craft a syllabus that gets students excited to take the course. Eng's experience in both marketing and professorship enable him to paint syllabi in new and powerful ways. Pro tips, resources, and vivid examples make the content clear and digestible, and templates make it easy for readers to apply learned concepts. As a fan of Eng's book Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students, I loved getting this expansion on syllabi. Every professor can benefit from this engaging read, just as those professors' syllabi and students will benefit.