How Can I Do This?
Your syllabus is an invitation to your students to participate in your course by informing them of its rationale, learning outcomes, and content. It is a contract between instructors and students that sets expectations for assignments and assessments. It is a guiding reference, offering a schedule, office hours, and available resources. The following is adapted from Nilson (2010, pp. 33-36).
Why Is This Important?
“The syllabus provides the first opportunity faculty have to encourage and guide students to take responsibility for their learning. … When reading a learning-centered syllabus, students learn what is required to achieve the course objectives, and they learn what processes will support their academic success” (O’Brien, Millis, Choen and Diamond, 2008).