Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

If My Syllabus Could Talk: What Would It Say about Me?

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

If My Syllabus Could Talk: What Would It Say about Me?

Article excerpt

You may argue that there is nothing unique about your syllabi compared to those of other faculty. But, in fact, good teachers know that it takes creative energy and concentrated work to determine the best readings for each topic listed on course outlines.

BEFORE YOU PREPARE YOUR SYLLABI FOR YOUR NEXT SEMESTER COURSES, I would suggest that you read Monica D'Antonio's lively article in the July 19, 2007 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education ("If Your Syllabus Could Talk," http://chronicle.com/jobs/news/2007/07/ 2007071901c/careers.html). After I read the article, my first impulse was to review all of my course outlines very carefully. I wanted to know what they said about me.

As I scanned my syllabi, I corrected the errant referencing errors that I encourage my students to avoid in their written documents. And, to make sure the directions for class papers and evaluation mechanisms were very clear, I asked a colleague who is in another academic field to review them for me. I wanted her to clarify the academic jargon that is perhaps understood by other professors (or not) and rarely understood by clinician students.

D'Antonio was assigned the task of reviewing more than 400 syllabi at her institution (a task undoubtedly akin to preparing the self-study for accreditation review). She learned that, through their syllabi, she got to know her fellow faculty - the apathetic and the lazy, the diligent and the compulsive. But most significantly, she found an inattention to proofreading and a failure to check spelling, failures of behavior we find intolerable in our students. …

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