1. Make Your Course Irresistible
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Location : ITLAL Underground (LI 069)
Participants are welcome to sign up for one or both.
Part One, The Irresistible Course: 9:00 - 10:30AM
Part Two, The Irresistible Syllabus: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
It used to be enough to distribute your topics and readings across a calendar, add a brief description, and presto! Course Designed!! That’s certainly efficient for a busy professor...but what about the students? Does that work for them? In this two-part special event (feel free to attend either or both), participants will zero in on key, critical elements of course design and syllabus construction. Our goal is to make your course and syllabus "irresistible" to students, where learning cannot (and will not!) be avoided under any circumstances.
Part One: 9:00 - 10:30AM: Designing the Irresistible Course
How you frame your content and your assignments will determine whether students feel directly and meaningfully implicated by your course--or not. Will your students take ownership of the course because you've made their commitment and participation not only inviting but inescapable? Or will they be able to remain "tourists" who show up and participate when it's convenient? Will they be required to use the content in ways that reveal its value? Or will they be allowed to remain detached, content to settle for that notorious final grade known as the "Regurgitation C+." These outcomes are yours to determine by structuring and managing student encounters with your course content.
Break: Coffee and Brunch
Part Two 11:00AM - 12:30PM: Constructing the Irresistible Syllabus
What does your syllabus really communicate to students--intentionally or otherwise? Does it successfully persuade them of the importance of the journey they are about to take? Does it convey purpose and content in ways that implicate students directly, either intellectually, morally or emotionally? Are your policies conceived and written in ways that make students the agents of their own actions, responsible for their own behavior? In this session, participants will zero in on those syllabus characteristics and functions that foster more productive student attitudes about you, your topic and your discipline.