Course Syllabi

A syllabus is more than a contract between the teacher and the students. It is a learning guide that serves to set the tone and lay expectations for both the students and the instructors. Rather than choose one syllabi, I created both a graphic syllabus and a traditional syllabus, as each provides a slightly different benefit. The Graphic Syllabus serves as a roadmap for the course, while the traditional syllabus lays out policies, procedures and expectations.

I chose to use a Google Presentation to create a Graphic syllabus because not everyone has Microsoft Office or a similar product (myself included), and I want my learners to be able to access the information no matter what they have on their computer. This format allows me to easily embed the presentation into a webpage and share it with the world. All images used in my syllabus are Creative Commons Reuse licensed, which is important to me for many reasons, but most importantly, to model to my students the appropriate use of others' works, which also happens to be one of our modules!

Creating the graphic syllabus was quite an undertaking, but well worth the time I put into it. I love having a roadmap for myself as well as my students, as it allows me to see visually what might be lacking, and which modules weigh more heavily. It also inspired me to create an InfoGraphic (right) outlining the course. It was my first attempt at an InfoGraphic, and it's not as pretty as most I've seen, but it was a good exercise to show students the different types of activities they will be doing throughout the course in a more succinct way.

Below is the Traditional Syllabus I will use for this course. It serves to lay the groundwork for an effective learning experience for students. It contains contact information, an overview, navigation information, learning activities descriptions, and expectations.