Syllabus

Knowing Your Syllabus

1. Pick one of your current syllabi (from any class or the instructor who assigned this activity).

2. Highlight and annotate different types of policies (see an example list of policies below).

3. Construct a legend that correlates each type of annotation (yellow highlight, squiggly underline, etc.) with the type of policy.

4. Read through the syllabus one more time and annotate danger zones (things that might cause you to lose points) and lifelines (things that might be able to help you succeed) for your grades. Mark those and add them to your legend.

5. Minimally, upload a copy of your legend (a picture or screenshot); ideally, upload a full copy of your annotated syllabus with the legend.

Types of Policies to Annotate

  • Attendance
  • Electronics
  • Grades and grading scale
  • Late policy
  • Plagiarism
  • Behavior
  • Participation

Knowing Your Instructor

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Jinho Jung

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Jinho Jung

1. Construct either a business card (consider using an index card) or an electronic contact file for your instructor (Sample Contact Card). Make sure you include all important contact information like:

  • full name
  • title
  • department
  • class
  • email
  • phone
  • office location
  • office hours
  • other contact information

2. Upload a picture or screenshot of your resulting business card or contact file.

Connecting Your Course & Major Goals

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Ernesto Lago

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Ernesto Lago

1. Pull out all of your course syllabi for the semester.

2. Look up the description of your major.

3. Visually map all of your course and major goals in a mind map. You can make your mind map by drawing, using post-its, or an application like Mindomo or Popplet.

4. Upload a picture or screenshot of your resulting mind map.

Knowing Your Course Goals

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Tom Purcell

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Tom Purcell

1. Read the course goals/objectives/outcomes.

2. Write your own list of course goals and expectations for the course.

3. Visually map both your instructor’s and your course goals in a mind map. You can make your mind map by drawing, using post-its, or an application like Mindomo or Popplet.

4. Upload a picture or screenshot of your resulting mind map.

End-of-Course, Reflecting on Your Course Experience

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Tristan Martin

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Tristan Martin

1. Reflect on the following questions.

  • What surprised you this semester? Why?
  • Revisit the course goals and syllabus. Can you find traces of what surprised you within those documents?
  • Revisit your course goals and expectations. Do you still think they were appropriate for the class? Why or why not?

2. Write a one-page “How to Survive <insert course title>” document for students who take the course next term.

3. Upload your reflection and survival guide.