Get Your Syllabus Ready!

The Institute Curriculum Committee posted approved syllabus templates with accessibility features already built in that you should use.  In addition, there’s a short video that walks through the features that make the syllabus accessible. Download the accessible syllabus template and watch the help video on the ICC website

The Wentworth (WIT) Online team has created netiquette language and guidelines for faculty to include in their course syllabi to outline student expectations. Please take a moment to review these helpful tips. Feel free to add or modify these items, depending on your course delivery format. While learning can take place either in-person or remotely, students should adhere to the University’s Student Code of Conduct and respectfully conduct themselves to maintain a safe, supportive, and productive learning environment.

“The most powerful forms of purposefulness arise when students see the ability of their learning to make the world a better place…self-transcendent purpose produced the strongest driver for students to persist through challenging academic tasks.” (Lang, 2016, p.175 Small Teaching)

  • Use the syllabus the first day of class to establish the course climate and expectations
  • Infuse learning with a sense of purpose, activating curiosity – connect to the course purpose: on your syllabus, individual assignments, writing on the board, opening and closing minutes of class
  • Connect with students: get to class early, use electronic communications to create community (open the zoom a few minutes early, announcements, discussions, social media)
  • Tell great stories, they have a special power to capture and maintain interest (key discoveries in your field, major thinkers, your field experiences, current events, your reading/research)
  • Share your enthusiasm and passion, demonstrate how you care about what you’re teaching
  • Show compassion, especially in these challenging times, offer responses to student challenges that keep learning happening in your course (we don’t know challenges they face)

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