Best Practices for Syllabus and Assignment Design
This workshop focuses on the essential steps of designing a successful syllabus through the design and sequencing of specific assignments. Beginning with goals specific to the course and discipline, we will work to create a semester of work that maximizes student learning without overburdening the professor. Participants will have time to work on their own courses — either a new class or one in need of revision — as we consider some of the best practices available to us as educators. We will consider such topics as structuring the syllabus, teaching critical thinking, making the best use of student writing and exams, integrating class activities and work done outside of class, developing an approach to grading, and ascertaining what students have really learned.