Syllabus Makeover Challenge (Part 1 – Standard)

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This is part 1 of a two-part workshop. Having a standard syllabus is essential. Once you have a standard syllabus, consider registering for part 2 to create a visual syllabus.

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Outcome

Create a standard (accessible) syllabus.

Objectives

  1. Share your “why” statement.
  2. Access KSCM to get information from your approved course outline.
  3. Use your approved course outline contents and add your additional information to create a standard (accessible) syllabus which incorporate UDL principles.
  4. Add your syllabus to Laulima to make it accessible to students.

Introduction

Creating a course syllabus and making it available to students is an essential instructional responsibility. Often, the syllabus gives students the first impression about what to expect from a course. A syllabus outlines a course's organization, goals, requirements, policies, expectations, etc. (but is not intended to be used to outline details of the entire course). Your challenge is to create a standard (accessible) syllabus or makeover your current syllabus into a standard syllabus that incorporates UDL principles.

Why do we have a course syllabus?

Let's discuss UDL principles as it relates to the syllabus.

  1. Emphasis on the "why" - Syllabus should have at least one statement on why the content is important to the student. Why should the student care about learning this? This might be a personal story of why you became an educator or what shaped you into the person you are today. This may be an excerpt of your educational philosophy and why you are passionate about your subject. One format to use: I became an educator to [unique contribution] so that [impact on others].
  2. Engagement - provide opportunities for choice in the course when possible
  3. Representation - provide clear information how students can access the course materials, provide variety in the ways materials are provided
  4. Action and Expression - Use the syllabus to communicate regular routines to establish expectations, outline the timing and format of assessments. Provide assignments and assessments that provide choices for physical actions, expression and communication, and executive functions.

Create a "standard" syllabus

Access KSCM and create a "standard" syllabus

If you don't already have a "standard" syllabus document, you can make a copy of this template doc that abides by the Policy L5.201: Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision (revised) approved by the Leeward CC Faculty Senate: Course syllabi can reflect the individuality, style, and creativity of the instructor. However, each semester all disciplines will compare the core outlines for all active courses with the syllabi of all faculty members to ensure that all syllabi include standardized items. The standardized items are:

  • Course alpha and number designation, title, credits, prerequisites, most recent catalog course description, and student learning outcomes (as reflected in KSCM).
  • Assessment notification.
  • Instructor information: name, office location, office hours, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Course information: course record number (CRN), classroom location, course meeting days and times, and a list of required textbooks and supplies.
  • Grading policy.
  • Academic Dishonesty policy, as shown in current catalog.

Standard Syllabus Template

Kuali Student Curriculum Management (KSCM) is the UH system's new online system for curriculum management and review of course and program proposals for new and modified courses and programs. (Formerly, Curriculum Central.) Faculty submit proposals for new courses, modification of existing courses, and requests for program modification to be reviewed by the campus' Curriculum Committee and administrators. You can use it to access your approved course information for your syllabus.

  1. Login at: https://leeward.kuali.co/cm/
  2. Use the search box to find your course.
  3. Click on your desired course to view its information.
  4. Click and drag to highlight the desired text you'd like to copy and then press Ctrl C (or Cmd C) to copy the desired text.
  5. If you're using the Google Chrome browser, paste your copied text into your copy of the standard syllabus template by right-clicking "Paste as plain text" to strip out the formatting. If you're not using Chrome, paste your copied text by pressing Ctrl V (or Cmd V). Then, select the text you pasted and click the "Clear Formatting" button clear formatting in the toolbar. (It may also be hidden under the "More" button in the toolbar.) Or click on the "Format" menu and click on "Clear formatting".

Now that you have the approved course syllabus information from KSCM in a Google Doc, add other sections and information, as needed, that fit within the parameters of the approved course syllabus. Also, consider including these other recommended statements of helpful resources/services for students to include in your syllabus. Don't forget to utilize headings to create sections and alt-text for images to make it accessible.

Make your syllabus available to students

Including your syllabus in your Laulima course sites will make it available for students throughout the semester. Consider also emailing it (or sending it as an announcement in Laulima) to your students a week before the semester starts.

  1. In your standard syllabus Google Doc, click the Share button.
  2. Click Get link.
  3. By default Google Docs are private. It should say "Restricted." Click on the dropdown arrow and select "Anyone with the link." The default will be "Viewer."
  4. Click Copy link.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Using the copied link, hyperlink the text in the footer of your Google Doc. (This way if students are reading your syllabus as an embedded document in Laulima or your website, they can click the link to open your document in full-screen in Google Docs to also download or print.)

Option 1: Laulima Syllabus Tool

Note: If you already did this for the visual syllabus, skip to step 6.

Log into Laulima and click into your desired course site. To add the Syllabus tool:

  1. Click on the Site Info tool in the left menu.
  2. Click on the Manage Tools tab.
  3. In the list of tools, checkmark "Syllabus."
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Click Finish.
  6. Now you'll see the Syllabus tool added to the left menu. Click on it to go into the Syllabus tool and click on the Add Item tab.
    1. Type a title such as, "Standard Syllabus."
    2. In the content box, type something such as, "View the standard syllabus (Google Docs)." Highlight the text "standard syllabus" and click the insert hyperlink button.
    3. Paste the share link of your Google Doc you just copied in the URL box. Click the "Target" tab and choose to have the link open in a “New Window (_blank).”

Option 2: Laulima Lessons Tool

Note: If you already did this for the visual syllabus, skip to step 2.4 below.

This option is ideal for embedding your Google Doc and including a question type for students to mark if they have read and/or understood the syllabus.

  1. Add the "Lessons" tool to your Laulima course site.
    1. Click on Site InfoManage Tools and checkmark "Lessons."
    2. Click Continue.
    3. In the "Title" box, type "Syllabus."
    4. Click Continue.
    5. Click Finish.
  2. Go to your newly created Lessons page in the left menu.
    1. Select the Add Content button and choose Add Text so you can type a title, for instance, "Syllabus," on your page.
    2. Select "Heading 1" from the "Format" menu in the toolbar and type a title for your page. Click Save.
    3. If you want to add a question type for reading and/or understanding the syllabus, select the Add Content button again and choose "Add Question". Fill out the form.
    4. Now to embed the syllabus Google Doc, select the Add Content button again and select "Embed content on page."
    5. Paste the URL of your shared Google Doc into the textbox.
    6. Select Try Alternative.
    7. Select Done.

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