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Instruction By Design: Designing Your Course Syllabus

Instruction by Design Podcast

In this episode, the instructional designers from Academic Innovation (Steven Crawford, Jinnette Senecal, Celia Coochwytewa, and Aaron Kraft) describe the purpose of a course syllabus and identify the elements of an effective course syllabus.

Resources from the episode:

  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Parkes, J. and Harris, M. B. (2002) The Purpose of a Syllabus. College Teaching, 50(2). DOI:10.1080/87567550209595875
  • Stearns, R. G. and Corgan, J. X. (2010) Six Syllabi from the Early Years of American Geological Education, 1817-1838. Journal of Geoscience Education, 58(1). DOI:10.5408/1.3559658
  • Palmer, M. S., Wheeler, L. B., and Aneece, I. (2016) Does the Document Matter? The Evolving Role of Syllabi in Higher Education. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 48(4), 36-47, DOI: 10.1080/00091383.2016.1198186
  • ASU Academic Affairs Manual ACD 304–10: Course Syllabus

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