Ideas for engaging students with syllabi: Opinion


Dr Cathy Davidson discusses how professors can make syllabi interesting and engaging for students in a variety of ways, depending on their available preparation time. The author suggests engaging students in trivia-style questions about the syllabus or having students map out the syllabus in a graphic form such as a comic or a concept map. If professors have some more preparation time, Davidson suggests getting students to work in groups to read, question, and annotate the syllabi, or even have students teach the syllabus to each other. Finally, for professors with a lot of preparation time, the author provides the example of an interactive syllabus project, such as a survey that delivers syllabus content while asking students questions about the content. Inside Higher Ed Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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