Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The University in the 21st Century: From Teaching to Learning in Costa Rica, Initiative for the Development of Academic Innovation, LASPAU, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Syllabi are the maps for learning in higher education; they flag major learning destinations and landmarks for students as they navigate the terrains of a course. The syllabus also represents the "logic" or "theory" of a course:Â IfÂ instructors and students use it as a map, engaging seriously in the content and activities laid out,Â thenÂ both should arrive safely at their learning destinations. InnovativeÂ syllabi signal instructors' expectations for student learning (learning goals) and link those expectations directly to authentic evaluation tasks and instructional activities (e.g. readings, laboratories, demonstrations, etc) known to maximize student success. After completing this workshop, instructors will be able to define the anatomy of an innovative syllabus and determine at least three ways to improve their own maps for learning.