Syllabus: List, Table of Contents, Curriculum, Course (of Study), Program of Study, Course Outline, Timetable, Schedule, Calendar

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“Syllabus” is a Latin term which is used perform a variety of functions. For the Roman Catholic Church, it is a list of errors. For most educators, syllabi orient the program of teaching and learning for a specific class. Some teachers see their syllabus as a manifesto. Others understand how the syllabus enacts particular formations […]

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Adding Grades

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The syllabus charts out the machinery that makes the grades: learning goals and objectives, assignments and the grading policy. Once the term begins, the supporting technology must be put into action. Graded Assignments: Hard-Copy Versus Digital The advantages of hard-copy versus digital assignments vary. Plenty of storage hassles are avoided by grading and returning hard-copy assignments […]

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Student Privacy: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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What is privacy? What is security? How do you establish the difference between the two? Popular conceptions of these terms may shift due to a variety of factors. The people who create and sell technologies have a vested interest in shifting our conceptions of privacy. In response to these corporate interests, the public interest of […]

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Getting Set Up so You Can Teach: Parking, Textbooks and Email

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Getting started at a new institution is never as simple as showing up on the first day of classes. Every institution has its own series of systems to organize their people for the sake of teaching a new cohort of students. Some of those systems are integrated, and some are discrete. There is no way […]

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Who are You Going to Call? Emergencies, Tech Support, Well-Being, UAct…

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Knowing whom to call for help or where to go for assistance can make the difference in a good teaching day. Sometimes little things like no sound in a classroom can throw off a good start. But there are more substantive issues, too, such as knowing how and where to direct a student in need. […]

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