From Learning Goals to Due Dates: A Workshop on Syllabus (re)Design

March 4 (Armitage 101) 12:15-1:15

Timed to support the proposal process for Gen Ed courses, this workshop reviews best practices in syllabus construction, including the articulation of course-specific learning goals, criteria for evaluation, and other required elements. Bring a syllabus or simply attend to spur future efforts.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ellen Malenas Ledoux (associate professor, English) discusses the ethics of the humanities classrooms and how she approaches the needs of students at Rutgers-Camden.

Conversation starters: At the AACU’s Peer Review, a special issue on the role of capstones in education including advice on integrating them into existing programs.

Should you Turnitin? Doubts are cast by researchers about the efficacy of the plagiarism detection service Turnitin and its claims of significantly reducing “unoriginal writing.” If you are interested in discussing the ethics and efficacy of for-profit plagiarism detection services, please contact TMAC.

From the Bookshelf: Ken Bain’s What the Best College Students Do is a follow up to his well-regarded What the Best College Teachers Do, and it profiles the practices of students who found success both in the classroom and beyond. Bain’s principles have also inspired a conference, the Best Teachers Summer Institute, held this year in New York.

Featured Peer Teaching Center: The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching contains guides for many topics related to classroom practices and theories of teaching and learning. Particularly of note is their section on teaching diverse populations, a topic not often addressed explicitly by teaching and learning centers.

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