Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning
Come join this learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty, though all are welcomed to participate. We'll share strategies and best practices for effective and efficient teaching. There will be great conversations, handouts, and lunch! Since each session builds on each other, we hope you will be able to attend all the meetings.
Session 3: Creating a Promising Syllabus to Motivate Learning
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building
At its most basic level, the syllabus is used to communicate information about the course, the instructor, learning objectives, assignments, grading policies, due dates, the university’s academic integrity statement, and, in some cases, an increasingly long list of strongly worded admonitions on what is and isn’t acceptable behavior in the college classroom. Is it just a contract?
Look at your syllabus. What is the message? What is your tone? Will the course be inviting, engaging and motivating? Will it be collaborative? Fair? This is a great opportunity to think about how/if your syllabus promotes a learning-centered environment. We’ll also help you create a graphic syllabus.
This workshop counts towards the Graduate Teacher Certificate, the Teacher Scholar Certificate or the Certificate in Foundations of Teaching.
Please mark these dates on your calendar
Wed, Feb. 6, 2019 Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning
Wed, Feb. 13, 2019 Session 2: Improving Our Testing and Grading of Student Achievement
Wed, Feb. 20, 2019 Session 3: Creating a Promising Syllabus to Motivate Learning
Fri, Feb. 22, 2019 Campus Annual Faculty Retreat: “Transformative Assignments: Mobilizing Students to be Creators” (Location: Illini Union Rooms A, B, C)