Your syllabus is the most important document in your course.
Is it still text-based? Have you updated its look lately?
Visual Syllabi are not only more aesthetic and allow your courses to be presented creatively, but can also be more engaging as UW - Green Bay Faculty have discovered.
Global Studies faculty, Jill White revised her syllabus for Cross-Cultural Human Development to include a more engaging layout, thoughtful images and a modular course calendar. You can see the images below or download the full syllabus (PDF)
Art faculty member, Jennifer Mokren recently revamped the syllabus for her Advanced Metals course. The result were not only more aesthetic, but was also more engaging as you can see from the shots below, or from the full download (PDF).
Learn more about the Visual Syllabi by visiting the following resources, or by scheduling a consolation with the CATL.
- 21st Century Syllabus
A professor's syllabus is the most important document provided to students in each class. But is your syllabus leveraging an effective, visual method of communication? Consider this side-by-side make-over comparison and decide for yourself.
- Faculty Focus: A Graphic Syllabus Can Bring Clarity to Course Structure
To encourage student thinking about the overall structure of a course right from the start, why not include a concept map or mind map in the syllabus?
- The Chronicle: Creative Approaches to the Syllabus
The ProfHacker blog on The Chronicle showcases some examples of visually creative approaches to the syllabus.
- Extreme Makeover, Syllabus Edition
A history professor discusses the process of updating her syllabus.