BOOKS FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

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Designing a Motivational Syllabus

Creating a Learning Path for Student Engagement

Paperback
May 2018
9781620366257
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    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    17th May
  • ISBN 9781620366257
  • Language English
  • Pages 204 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 8 tables & 10 figures
$24.95
Hardback
May 2018
9781620366240
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    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    17th May
  • ISBN 9781620366240
  • Language English
  • Pages 204 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 8 tables & 10 figures
$125.00
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May 2018
9781620366264
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    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    30th May
  • ISBN 9781620366264
  • Language English
  • Pages 204 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 8 tables & 10 figures
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May 2018
9781620366271
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  • Published
    30th May
  • ISBN 9781620366271
  • Language English
  • Pages 204 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 8 tables & 10 figures
$19.99

A thoughtfully constructed syllabus can be transformative for your students’ learning, communicating the path they can take to succeed.

This book demonstrates how, rather than being a mundane document to convey policies, you can construct your syllabus to be a motivating resource that conveys a clear sense of your course’s learning goals, how students can achieve those goals, and makes evident your teaching philosophy and why you have adopted the teaching strategies you will use, such as discussion or group activities.

Developing or revising a syllabus also presents you with a perfect opportunity to review the learning possibilities for the semester. Well-designed, it can help you stay focused on achieving the learning outcomes, as well as determine if the class is on track and whether adjustments to the schedule are needed.

The authors show how, by adopting a welcoming tone and clearly stating learning outcomes, your syllabus can engage students by explaining the relevance of your course to their studies, create an all-important positive first impression of you as an instructor, and guide students through the resources you will be using, the assignments ahead, as well as clear guidance on how they will be assessed. Referred to frequently as the course progresses, an effective syllabus will keep students engaged and on task.

Christine Harrington and Melissa Thomas lead you through all the elements of a syllabus to help you identify how to present key messages and information about your course, think through the impressions you want to create, and, equally importantly, suggest how you can use layout and elements such as images and charts to make your syllabus visually appealing and easy to navigate.

"Harrington and Thomas insightfully apply principles from the motivation research literature to demonstrate how course syllabi can be powerful tools for stimulating students' enthusiasm and motivation to actively engage in course activities. While the book is an invaluable resource for designing a syllabus that maps out a path for student success, it also provides information on course design, assessment, and teaching approaches. It is a must-read for all faculty who want to construct a syllabus that is sure to increase student engagement and learning!"

Saundra McGuire, Ph.D., (Ret) Assistant Vice Chancellor & Professor of Chemistry, Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success - Louisiana State University

"Designing a syllabus is a task that faculty often give little thought to. However, in this engaging and thoughtful book, the authors have crafted a guide that is both helpful and a teaching tool. The authors weave student learning throughout the book and have developed a resource that will help both new and seasoned faculty. And, because the book is so well written, it is accessible to all, regardless of discipline."

Chris Hakala, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship - Springfield College

From the Foreword:
“This book is a tremendous resource for all faculty, whether you are teaching freshmen introductory courses or advance graduate courses. It does not matter if you are a novice or an expert professor; this book is a beneficial and useful guide for improving an existing syllabus or designing a new one. Harrington and Thomas demonstrate how a syllabus is much more than an informative document—they show us how it can be a valuable tool to motivate students and assist them in their learning.”

Kathleen F. Gabriel, School of Education - California State University, Chico

"In Designing a Motivational Syllabus, Harrington and Thomas provide compelling rationale and evidence for why an instructor would want to reimagine their syllabus, while offering practical advice for how to create a document that accurately articulates their vision, motivates students, and fosters learning. Subtle in their approach, they quite cleverly shift the focus from syllabus creation to course design, and in doing so, signal the importance and seriousness of such work. Instructors, whether wishing to make small changes to their syllabi or to totally rethink the why and hows of their courses, will find this book an invaluable resource."

Michael Palmer, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence - University of Virginia

"Designing a Motivational Syllabus provides practical guidance, but it is much more than a how-to: it presents new ways of thinking about the role of the syllabus. Drawing from current research on best practices, Harrington and Thomas provide thorough context and make a strong case for an effective course syllabus as a foundational tool to shape student learning. This book will undoubtedly be valuable to new and experienced teachers as well as faculty development professionals."

Billie Bennett Franchini, Ph.D., Interim Director, Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership - University at Albany-SUNY

From the Foreword:
“This book is a tremendous resource for all faculty, whether you are teaching freshmen introductory courses or advance graduate courses. It does not matter if you are a novice or an expert professor; this book is a beneficial and useful guide for improving an existing syllabus or designing a new one. Harrington and Thomas demonstrate how a syllabus is much more than an informative document—they show us how it can be a valuable tool to motivate students and assist them in their learning.”

Kathleen F. Gabriel, School of Education - California State University, Chico

Foreword by Kathleen F. Gabriel
Series Preface by Todd Zakrajsek

1) History, Value, and Purpose of the Syllabus
2) Applying Course Design Principles to the Syllabus
3) Core Components
4) Policies and Resources
5) Design Considerations
6) Evaluating the Syllabus
7) Using the Syllabus

Appendix: Sample Syllabus
About the Authors
Index

Christine Harrington

Christine Harrington is serving a two-year term as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Student Success at the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. At the conclusion of this term, she will return to her position of Professor of Psychology at Middlesex County College.

Melissa Thomas

Melissa Thomas is a Lecturer for the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin for the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP) Scholars program, a wraparound program that transforms the learning experience for UT students by creating a small academic community that promotes academic excellence and intellectual investment.