In this article, Dr. Lolita Paff talks about the principles for generating a learner-centered syllabus. Professors can foster a more engaging and shared-learning environment by using language that conveys content and expectations in a positive teaching focused light. The tone of the syllabus often reflects the classroom tone.

On the CTAL website, you will find here and here resources to build your syllabus. You can also refer to an older blog post on syllabus design, here.

To help you prepare for the spring 2016 semester, we are offering a “Soup & Syllabus” clinic with our partners in the Faculty Commons (room 116 in Pearson Hall on Academy Street, just south of East Delaware Avenue).  During this clinic we will review your syllabus, provide suggestions and feedback, and consult on any teaching and learning issues you anticipate facing in the spring semester.

To ensure that part-time and adjunct faculty can participate, we are holding morning, afternoon, and evening hours on several different days:

  • Tuesday January 26th, from 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Thursday, January 28th, from 3:00PM-7:00PM
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, from 3:00PM-7:00PM
  • Thursday, February 4th, from 9:00AM-12:00PM

Walk-ins are welcome, but we request that you RSVP via e-mail (