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...will sit outside of and inflect the rest of what we do, and can be modified as a result of our classroom experiences), syllabus-as-article-abstract, syllabus-as-map-and-legend, syllabus-as-curriculum-vitae,...
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Syllabus as Manifesto: A Critical Approach to Classroom Culture

in terms of a syllabus. While many of the headings may be consistent with one’s expectations of the genre, the content serves a radically different function....
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Envisioning the Radical Syllabus: A Critical Approach to Classroom Culture, Part 2

way. A standard syllabus lists a number of policies, grading information, and learning objectives the student ought to accomplish during the course. Such a syllabus suggests...
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Opening the Classroom: Ownership and Engagement

...Students can develop these guidelines themselves or in collaboration. I’m designing a class where the first meeting is a look at the funkily formatted syllabus. The...
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A User’s Guide to Forking Education

...teachers coming to class as full participants. The syllabus. A good syllabus is not a contract, because by the end of a class, the syllabus should...
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Challenging Our Pedagogy: Hybrid Pedagogy’s Editors’ Picks

...and Generosity with Lee Skallerup Bessette, Chris Friend, Asao B. Inoue, and Kris Shaffer. Real teachers talk real experiences of assessing differently according to critical pedagogical...
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An Open Letter to My Students keep in mind as we work together. Though these are not part of the course content, do not appear on the syllabus, and will not...
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MMDU: Bleeding Horses, Breaking Habits, Overthrowing the Course

...and the ways we ask our students (and colleagues) to fit into containers themselves. Some questions to consider in advance of the discussion: What would you...
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Learning Through Conversation

...into my teaching. I found myself questioning the implicit theoretical position of most university syllabuses, which construe students as independent cognitive-psychological units and presume that the...
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Push, Pull, Fork: GitHub for Academics of scholars facilitate this work? How can a scholar or pedagogue make an article, an assignment, a syllabus, a book, a database, or a website...
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On Pedagogical Manipulation

...the right ways. It’s crucial, though, to be honest about how this kind of power plays out in the classroom. This article from College Teaching suggests...
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The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses the world. The internet is a window not a world. The course for a MOOC is not, in fact, online. That would be like saying...
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Building in the Humanities Isn’t New

...whole range of childlike modes of acquisition, from touching things to giving them names. ~ Walter Benjamin As I prepared the syllabus for my Chaucer class...
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The Digital Humanities is About Breaking Stuff

...of the literary texts we analyze (and ask students to analyze) with digital tools. In the syllabus for a recent undergraduate seminar in the digital humanities,...
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Teaching with the Internet; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Google In My Classroom

...writing. In the first instance, I gave my students the task of remixing their own syllabus, grading scheme and schedule, settled them down with some models...
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Beyond Surface-Level Digital Pedagogy

...or showed visible signs of disinterest. “I want to get you out of here early tonight, so let’s review the syllabus. Let’s actually start from the...
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A Safe Space for Dangerous Ideas; a Dangerous Space for Safe Thinking

...that may disturb them, recent events have shown that students and administrators often want far more than a trigger warning on a syllabus or a willingness...
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Bit, Block, Sketch, Build: Bricolage and Educator Learning coordinate over the past few years called the Marginal Syllabus. The Marginal Syllabus convenes and sustains conversations with educators about equity in education via open...
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A Pedagogy of Kindness

...way we were, and what subtextual messages we were sending to our students about who they were. I took a good long look at my syllabus,...
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Learning to Let Go: Listening to Students in Discussion

...not on my syllabus, but as a critical pedagogue seeing my students parroting folly (because it is not "their" idea), I feel it is my duty...
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Travelling in Troy With an Instructional Designer the nature of the current structure of academia, the syllabus for a course must include learning outcomes. However, they do not have to be the...
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Keeping Time

...when applied to what it is I’m doing when I make a syllabus or a plan for class. Nonetheless, my own experience taking a roundabout way...
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The Student 2.0

...include this quotation from Thomas P. Kasulis on the front page of the online syllabus for every course I teach: “A class is also a process,...
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Critical Pedagogy: Intentions and Realities syllabus is flexible and negotiable, that I want us all to learn from each other, and that I hope they can apply everything we learn...
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But You Can’t Do That in a STEM course!

...“But… science students can’t design courses; they need to be provided with a clear syllabus, assignments and a grading structure from experts who know best.” Recently,...
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