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The Syllabus Series

College of DuPage Faculty Professional Development is offering a series of 90-minute workshops on the syllabus. Each session offers instructors the opportunity to reexamine the syllabus and its role in your classes, the college, and higher education in general. Join them on Thursday afternoons and Wednesday mornings for this series of conversations and inquiries into the purpose and potential of the simple syllabus.

Schedule of Events

The Meaningful Syllabus
What exactly is a syllabus and why do we use them? In this session, we’ll examine higher ed syllabi – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and share strategies for creating purposeful documents for our courses.

Thu. 9/16, 4:00 – 5:50 p.m.
Wed. 9/22, 9:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Policies and Statements
Both class and institutional policies are essential elements of the college course, but without context, these statements and their importance to your class can fail to have meaning for many students. In this session, we’ll talk about existing policy statements and how to present them; as well as how to craft statements that have meaning for you and your teaching practice.

Thu. 9/30, 4:00 – 5:50 p.m
Wed. 10/6, 9:00 – 10:50 a.m.

The Caring Syllabus
Frequently, the syllabus is presented as a no-nonsense, get-down-to-business document, but it is possible to convey care for your students along with high expectations. In this session, we’ll examine our syllabi through the lenses of design justice, disability justice, and trauma-informed pedagogy.

Thu. 10/14, 4:00 – 5:50 p.m
Wed. 10/20, 9:00 – 10:50 a.m.

The Graphic Syllabus
Encourage student engagement with your syllabus through images, interactive elements, and simple design features. In this session, we’ll explore tools and strategies for creating visually informative and engaging syllabi.

Thu. 10/28, 4:00 – 5:50 p.m
Wed. 11/3, 9:00 – 10:50 a.m.

The Equity-Minded Syllabus
Inquiry into the syllabus as a tool for promoting racial equity at College of DuPage is a key practice in creating a culture of equity-mindedness. In this session, we’ll look at the Center for Urban Education’s Syllabus Review Tool and discuss how a syllabus can foster belonging.

Thu. 11/11, 4:00 – 5:50 p.m
Wed. 11/17, 9:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Wednesday, October 20

More dates through November 17, 2021

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