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Creating and Distributing Your Syllabus

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Last month the Rock Creek TLC hosted a syllabus construction workshop, presented by Stephanie Yorba (Spanish) and Morgan Lindberg (Japanese). The workshop made me rethink several areas of my syllabus and I wanted to pass along some information as we look towards winter term.

Creating the Syllabus

Distributing the Syllabus

  • You ¬†might want to consider distributing it to your class by email before the class begins
  • Rather than reading the syllabus to your students, ask them what they think is important and find it in the syllabus together
  • You can also students work in groups to read different parts of the syllabus and report back to the class on their section
  • In D2L you can create a syllabus quiz, and not open the rest of the course content to the student until they complete it
  • You might want to emphasize the disability statement in class, and let them know there is an online application to get started with Disability Services
  • As much as we would like to be green, it is usually a good idea to give out a paper copy of the syllabus in class on the first day

Additional Resources:


Thank you Stephanie and Morgan for the information and the additional resources! If you have any other resources or syllabus ideas, please add them in the comments section.

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