Lisa Forbes – Committee Chair
GENERAL BUSINESS & REVIEW/DISCUSSIONS:
Article: Yes, Your Syllabus Is Way Too Long
- Most students stop reading a multiple page syllabus by page 2.
- A shorter syllabus is limited to one page, front and back.
- Use the LMS for policies, detailed assignments and learning outcomes.
- Add important policies in the syllabus, major course readings, and an abbreviated version of learning outcomes.
- A full syllabus is required for curriculum committee review.
- Add policies to Canvas.
- Can make a short, non-graded quiz to make sure students read the policies in Canvas.
- A shorter syllabus is more concise.
- Use a graphic syllabus, charts or bullet points.
- Dennis DeBay has experimented with a shorter syllabus.
- A couple of benefits are the format and students read the syllabus. Disadvantage, a lot of work.
- Write a Monday Morning Message about the article, would like faculty’s thoughts.
- Bring up at the faculty meeting.
COURSE PROPOSAL/REVISION REQUESTS:
Time Item(s) Presenter
Reviews are completed. The committee will communicate to the programs with any updates. Next review in five years.
- ECED 5010 Early Childhood
- ECED 5070
- SPSY 6400 School Psychology
- SPSY 6550
- RSEM 5080 Research & Evaluation