What are innovative approaches to design and deliver the syllabus, including the application of suitable multimedia tools? A syllabus outlines the course structure, learning objectives, assignments and assessment and conveys the general goals and expectations. The examples below show different ways in which the syllabus info can be conveyed to the students.
Infographic Syllabus Using UDL Principles
This infographic syllabus by Prof. David Taylor integrates the principles of Universal Design for Learning in the following ways: 1) it uses visual representation to present info, 2) it chunks down info in meaningful way for easy comprehension and 3) it makes the syllabus easily accessible online.
Prof. Taylor presents the syllabus in a Word document version also and uses this infographic syllabus as additional reference.
Please click on the syllabus to view the complete version.
Creative Approach for Syllabus Delivery using Tackk
In this example, Prof. Pilar Munday uses a cloud-based tool called Tackk to build her syllabus for a first year Spanish course. She then embeds this syllabus within the Blackboard LMS. This syllabus has several advantages – it is visually appealing, conveys info with clarity, integrates digital media, and allows students to post questions and comments within the same digital space.
Syllabus Info for Self-regulated Learning
Here is an example of sharing the syllabus with the students through talking-head video and/or voice over narrative. Prof. Samdperils’ goal was to go over the details of the syllabus, and share vital info about the course without taking class time. By posting this within the LMS at the start of the semester, and letting students go through it independently on their own time, Samdperil hoped to convey the syllabus info through text and audio . Also, she used this as one of the many ways to promote self-regulated learning.