Many freshmen have never seen a syllabus and have no idea what it is or how to use it. Please find below a variety of ideas and co-curricular resources for helping your students learn to use the syllabus. To add your own technique or resource to the list below, contact Adriana Signorini.
Introduce the syllabus to your students, taking care to explain the purpose and how to read and use it. Follow this up with a quick activity to engage their new knowledge.
During your first class meeting have your students review the syllabus in small groups to identify questions they may have or to report back key take-home messages to the class.
Have your students read the syllabus as a homework assignment and give a brief quiz on it or ask them to submit a description of how the course learning outcomes support their academic or career goals.
Regularly revisit the syllabus with your students.
Create a table summarizing weekly activities and associated learning outcomes; have your students review this table at the end of each class to plan for next time.
Faculty Support Resources
- Learning-centered Syllabus: Presentation slides
- Roberts, M. (2013) Creating a Dynamic Syllabus: A Strategy for Course Assessment. College Teaching. 61:3, 109-109, DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2012.741081