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The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about hatred in America. ... - 1 views

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    Lots of good collections of resources for teachers considering how to address Charlottesville with their classes.
Joe Murphy

DIY Syllabus: How to Move Beyond the Transactional - 0 views

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    "By carefully considering what our syllabi are for, what they should include, and - most essentially - what they really communicate to our students, we can create a document that does a significant amount of heavy lifting for us. That document articulates a set of promises about what the course can do for students when they accept our invitation and take ownership of their learning in this collective enterprise."
Joe Murphy

Book list for teaching about social justice - 4 views

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    Our colleagues at Otterbein are crowdsourcing a list of good books for "teaching about social justice in troubled times". Please comment or add your own suggestions!
Joe Murphy

DIY Syllabus: What Is a Syllabus Really For, Anyway? - 0 views

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    "Creating an effective syllabus is as much about deciding what stays out as it is determining what goes in."
Joe Murphy

You won't believe how this college prof clickbaited students. Or what happened next. - 0 views

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    Could a clickbait writing style get students more "engaged" with your syllabus? The answer will shock you. (Or at least slightly amuse you.)
Joe Murphy

Accessible Syllabus - 1 views

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    A new resource from Tulane University gives design tips for making syllabi more accessible and engaging. "Countless instructors complain that students don't read the syllabus. We believe students would use the document more effectively if it were designed more accessibly."
Joe Murphy

Notes Towards a Syllabus for Understanding Brexit - 1 views

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    This is described as "a work in progress" and "current status: brain dump" (6/24 3PM), and as such there are a couple head-scratchers on this reading list. At the same time, it's a fascinating example of digital collaboration as teachers work toward classroom discussions of current events.
Joe Murphy

How a 'Syllabus Commons' Could Change Higher Education - 0 views

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    There's some interesting potential for a "big data" approach to publishing syllabi.
Joe Murphy

Tempering the Syllabus: From Contract to Invitation, Map, and Guide - 0 views

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    Midterm might be a good time to review your syllabi and make some notes for next time. Take some time for reflection, then check out the example syllabi at the end of this article for inspiration.
Joe Murphy

Steps Toward a Big Idea Syllabus - 0 views

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    Michael Wesch describes his steps in redesigning a course syllabus to make the Big Ideas of the course more obvious (and engaging) to students. I was particularly taken by the typographical element of putting the Big Ideas in his handwriting and the day-by-day details in type.
Joe Murphy

How Faculty Can Use Syllabi to Reduce the Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic - 0 views

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    I was intrigued by the suggestion that a syllabus statement affirming our commitment to Title IX can serve to deter potential perpetrators of assault or harassment, as well as to remind survivors (and their friends) of the resources available. Kenyon's Civil Rights Coordinator has provided four examples of potential syllabus language, so you can set the tone which fits your class best. (Hat tip to Laurie Finke for the link.)
Joe Murphy

Syllabi | Vitae - 0 views

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    Vitae's new syllabus database is a very limited tool - it's only searchable by file name, author name, and the disciplinary keywords chosen by the author. Still, it's a good step to see the Chronicle of Higher Ed providing a space for open syllabi. Worth a look as you plan next year's courses, or think about your own online presence!
Joe Murphy

Tonic for the Boring Syllabus - 0 views

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    Syllabi have to include clear policies, but Ed Cunliff says "I have yet to see a policy on syllabi that demands they bore the reader!" By addressing writing style, formal structure, and graphic design, Cunliff tries to make his syllabi lively, engaging documents. What do you do to get students interested in the syllabus?
Joe Murphy

A Professor Crowdsources a Syllabus on the Charleston Shootings - 1 views

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    Many faculty members struggle with how (and whether) to address current events in the classroom. Chad Williams used social media to build a categorized reading list related to the Charleston shootings. It also makes some interesting points about faculty members' potential role as public intellectuals.
Joe Murphy

The 3 Essential Functions of Your Syllabus, Part 2 - 0 views

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    James Lang offers a set of strategies to get students to read the syllabus, and to actually internalize the information in it. I've recommended syllabus quizzes to many faculty members, but I'm intrigued by the way Lang suggests personalizing them with open-ended questions.
Joe Murphy

The Pedagogy Project | HASTAC - 2 views

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    HASTAC's Pedagogy Project is a website collecting syllabi and course projects which use digital tools or highly collaborative approaches. If you're wondering how to use new forms of communication in assignments, or if you've got a great example to share, this will be a great resource!
Joe Murphy

Using Your Syllabus as a Learning Resource - 1 views

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    The author uses a syllabus so detailed that it can function like a textbook, and offers specific tips on how she uses the syllabus every day. This is an intriguing way of making sure the syllabus is not just a contract read on the first day and referred to only when people break it. I was particularly taken with the approach Dr. Crossman uses to make students actually do the "recommended" reading.
Joe Murphy

Forking Your Syllabus - 0 views

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    When you borrow an assignment or part of the course structure from a colleague, do you note that on your syllabus? Do you make your syllabi (or other writeups of your course activities) available to your colleagues? What would happen if you did?
Eric Holdener

The Rules About Classroom Rules - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    This article presents one view on classroom rules. The comments open up the floodgates of counter opinions. Comments in this case break down into snarkiness and vitriol; I'm sure that a face-to-face conversation with colleagues about such policies would be much more productive.
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