Once you have the learning objectives and a course outline, you should be set for creating a detailed course syllabus. A syllabus contains things such as course objectives, topics, build-up deliverables, criteria for a statement of accomplishment.
The syllabus should be comprehensive as possible before the course launches. Both the instructor and students should be able to reference the syllabus for content, assessments, and assignments throughout the course.
The syllabus could be located in different places:
- As part of the Introductory week Content Page within the Lecture Page, thereby setting the expectations.
- As a separate (course information type) Content Page within the Lecture Page that is set apart from the programme, and can be referred to at any moment.
Here’s an introduction on the Lecture Page and about the technical workings of the Lecture Page.
What will be the content focus of each week or every other week? How will this content focus help students succeed with assignments? What is required for the students to succeed in their assignments? How will the expectations of the students increase each week? How can the topic be focused around a question?
The course topics are often the backbone of a syllabus explaining what will be studied at different points in the course. Once the topics have been decided in alignment with the assignments and course objectives, the future step is filling the topic with relevant materials.
- Stimulating inquiry encourages the students’ interest in the topic
- Effective scaffolding (slowly increasing the students’ responsibilities) promotes deeper learning
Things To Check
- That the content of each week is aligned with the course objectives?
- That the different topics are nicely spaced out?
Statement of Accomplishment Criteria
NovoEd offers Statements of Accomplishment for meeting the criteria determined by the instructor. What is critical to have accomplished to demonstrate success with the course objective?
- A statement of accomplishment is an incentive to complete the course
- Demonstrates commitment and mastery of course materials
The teaching team can decide to make the requirements as something simple such as completed x number of assignments or completion of the final project. Our team can help to run the data for you.
Things To Check
- Are the criteria for a statement of accomplishment clearly defined?
- Are the criteria reasonably achievable by students?