Sharing Your Syllabus
Because your syllabus contains critical information for your students, it’s a good idea to explicitly review it with them.
- Build in plenty of time to discuss your syllabus at your first class.
- Go through the syllabus with the class, especially key policies.
If you do not want to print copies for all your students:
- Encourage students to view the syllabus online in myCourses or your own course website before the first class.
- Project the syllabus or a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the main points.
- Distribute an abridged version of your syllabus that directs students to myCourses for the full version.
You may want to use an interactive class activity to review the syllabus, engage students, and help them begin building a positive and collaborative learning environment. Examples:
- Create teams of four or five students. Ask them to review the syllabus together then present three questions or three key points from the syllabus to share with the entire class.
- For online courses, create a Discussion question about the syllabus.
- Develop a graded quiz or a required self-test about the syllabus, in class as a myCourses Quiz.
Remember that your syllabus must be available throughout the entire semester since you may need to refer to it. Posting it in myCourses is an easy way to do this.
If you need to change your course syllabus during the semester, share and explain the changes to students during class, through email, or via a post in myCourses.