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Syllabus Construction: Designing an Effective Syllabus
Unformatted Document Text:  Some things to keep in mind as you create a Some things to keep in mind as you create a new syllabus or revise an existing one new syllabus or revise an existing one  Writing a very lengthy syllabus where you try to Writing a very lengthy syllabus where you try to include everything is unwise. Students don’t read it! include everything is unwise. Students don’t read it! It may be best to adhere to the 2 criteria mentioned It may be best to adhere to the 2 criteria mentioned above. above.  Don’t be afraid to try to present the information in Don’t be afraid to try to present the information in innovative ways – students tend to react positively to innovative ways – students tend to react positively to information presented in a variety of different information presented in a variety of different formats. formats.  Do some comparative shopping. See how other Do some comparative shopping. See how other colleagues in your department or university are colleagues in your department or university are writing their syllabi and share successes and failures writing their syllabi and share successes and failures with them. with them.

Authors: Mavrikos-Adamou, Tina.
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Some things to keep in mind as you create a
Some things to keep in mind as you create a
new syllabus or revise an existing one
new syllabus or revise an existing one
Writing a very lengthy syllabus where you try to
Writing a very lengthy syllabus where you try to
include everything is unwise. Students don’t read it!
include everything is unwise. Students don’t read it!
It may be best to adhere to the 2 criteria mentioned
It may be best to adhere to the 2 criteria mentioned
above.
above.
Don’t be afraid to try to present the information in
Don’t be afraid to try to present the information in
innovative ways – students tend to react positively to
innovative ways – students tend to react positively to
information presented in a variety of different
information presented in a variety of different
formats.
formats.
Do some comparative shopping. See how other
Do some comparative shopping. See how other
colleagues in your department or university are
colleagues in your department or university are
writing their syllabi and share successes and failures
writing their syllabi and share successes and failures
with them.
with them.


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