The discussion series is in three sessions, with each session including a range of perspectives and practical wisdom from current and former students. Session 1 and 2 will be offered in both an online and in-person format; Session 3 will take place in person new faculty during orientation.
- What are the most important purposes/functions of a syllabus?
- Are any of these in conflict with one another? If so, how do or how might you address these conflicts?
- What/who are the various audiences for your syllabus, and how do you mediate them in the text?
- Who or what is privileged by your syllabus? Who or what is obscured, eclipsed, excised?
- How do you imagine students using/interacting with/challenging/informing your syllabus?
- Amy Pistone on Creating Inclusive Syllabi: https://www.amypistone.com/2019-scs-workshop-centering-the-margins-creating-inclusive-syllabi/
- Brantmeier, Broscheild, and Moore on Inclusion by Design: http://bit.ly/inclusionbydesign
- Accessible Syllabus: https://www.accessiblesyllabus.com/
Other Readings on the Syllabus (session 1)
- Lang, The Promising Syllabus
- Lang, On Course: The Syllabus
- TLI, What Students Hope for in a Syllabus
- TLI, What Students Hope for in a Syllabus (responses of graduates)
- Volk, The Dual Life of a Syllabus
- Accessible Syllabus, http://accessiblesyllabus.tulane.edu/
Additional Selected Resources on Syllabus and Course Design
- Fink, Guide to Course Design (for more here, see L. Dee Fink's (2013) Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses)
- Lang, The 3 Essential Functions of Your Syllabus, Part 1
- Universal Design for Learning: http://ada.osu.edu/resources/fastfacts/Universal-Design-FF.pdf
- Universal Design for Learning in a Multimedia Environment: http://www.cited.org/index.aspx?page_id=147
- Wesley, Did You Assign Enough Reading? Or Too Much? http://chronicle.com/article/Do-You-Assign-Enough-Reading-/237085/?cid=VTKT1
- Judith Baker, Trilingualism
Bryn Mawr and Haverford College Honor Codes
A Small Sampler of Recent Syllabi from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Faculty
- Prof. Alice Lesnick, (Education, BMC/HC), Education 200: Critical Issues in Education
- Prof. Ken Koltun-Fromm and Laurie Allen, (Magill Library): Religion 128: Reading Sacred Texts
- Prof. Ken Koltun-Fromm and Dean Theresa Tensuan (Religion and English, HC) Drawing the Line: Autobiography as Graphic Narrative
- Prof. Peggy Shannon-Baker, (Education, BMC/HC) Multicultural Education Syllabus and Schedule
- Prof. David Ross, (Economics, BMC) Econ 242: Economics of Local Environmental Programs
- Prof. Joel Schlosser (BMC, Political Science) On The Human Condition: The Political Thinking of Hannah Arendt
Grading and Assessment
- "Will This Be on the Test?" An Overemphasis on Grades Might Be Killing the Desire to Learn - Education - GOOD http://t.co/zsVqPRw
- Michael Watson, What is Mastery? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koj2NheuWn4
- Peter Elbow's "Ranking, Evaluating, and Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms of Judgment." (College English, 55) (2), Feb. 1993, 187-206.) Available at:http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/259/68300/elbow_ranking.pdf. (This is a classic piece from Literacy Studies, with resonance for others.)
For resources and documentation of the faculty working group on assessment, which met for two years, visit the Serendip page.
Culturally Relevant/Sustaining Pedagogy
- Kennth Jones and Tema Okun, White Supremacy Culture: from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups: A list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our institutions.
- Paris, D. (2012). Culturally sustaning pedagogy, A needed change in stance, termology and practice. Educational Researcher, 41,3, 93-97.
- Religious Holidays,http://www.bucknell.edu/Documents/Chaplain/ReligiousHolidays.pdf