College or university instructors who have a new course coming up (or are redesigning an old one) may want to check out this in-depth guide from The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled How to Create a Syllabus. This resource offers readers a conversational tutorial detailing the what, why, and how of a successful syllabus, and it includes some helpful suggestions for what not to do as well. The guide is organized into four sections: Syllabus Essentials (and Two to Avoid), The Syllabus Components, Putting It All Together, and The Work Isn't Done: Assessing and Revising Your Syllabus. Readers will find links to these sections at the beginning, so they can skip ahead if they choose. Examples from real syllabi link to supporting information and suggestions of ways to engage students productively and inclusively are sprinkled throughout this guide, as are questions that encourage self-reflection of readers' pedagogical practices, making this a helpful resource for both new and veteran instructors. How to Create a Syllabus was written by Kevin Gannon, Professor of History at Grand View University and the director of their Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
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