Setting the Stage for Success: Designing a Learner-Centered Syllabus
How inviting is your syllabus? Does it get students excited to learn and provide a roadmap for success? Does it make expectations explicit? Does it make room for diversity and inclusion and ensure accessibility? During this asynchronous 5-day workshop, we will review the fundamentals of backward course design, examine evidence-based practices for learner-centered syllabi, gauge how learner-centered your syllabus is using a checklist and rubric, and then work to revise your syllabus so that it serves both as a learning device and a course guide. We will also explore strategies to adapt your syllabus to online and hybrid teaching contexts. We will also host an optional one-hour synchronous Q&A session for those enrolled in the workshop on Thursday, 11/05 at 2:00 pm.
About our online asynchronous workshops:
Our asynchronous online workshops are delivered in Canvas over 5 days (beginning on Monday at 8:00 am and ending on the following Friday at 11:59 pm) or 2 weeks. Participants are able to contribute independently at their own pace over the workshop period; however, there may be intermittent deadlines to optimize participant interaction. The workshops will require approximately 2-3 hours of engagement, including reading about evidence-based practices, viewing multimedia, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting reflective assignments. The optional synchronous sessions are made available for participants to engage with each other and the facilitators in real-time, to ask questions, share practices and get feedback on their implementation plans.