Thursday, August 8, 2013

Syllabus 2.0

I was recently asked for an example of a syllabus, and it got me thinking about different ways we can update the syllabus to make it more personal, informative, and accessible.  I always passed out to students a printed syllabus created in Microsoft Word.  Of course, that definitely does the trick, but I wanted to explore some new possibilities.

After brainstorming with my colleague Tracey Kracht, here are a few enhancements we brainstormed:
  • Use a web-based tool that will allow you to share the syllabus with just a link.
  • Include an introduction video that allows parents and students to put a face with the name.
  • Include a tutorial video that provides students and parents with a tour of your classroom website.
  • Include information about any hashtags or backchannels that will be ongoing throughout the year.
  • Include a link to recruit digital (or face-to-face) volunteers for your classroom.
Here's what it looks like:
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If you are interested in upgrading your syllabus, here are a few tools to consider:
  • This syllabus was created with the very simple tool Tackk.  You could also use Smore.
  • The videos were created using Screencast-o-matic and YouTube.  Click HERE for a tutorial to get you started.

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