8 steps for developing a syllabus

syllabus_start_wby Julie Dodd

The major assignment for Mass Communication Teaching is for you to develop a syllabus for an undergraduate communications course and create course materials, including an exam or major project and lesson plans.

The process for developing this syllabus will help you prepare for all the syllabi that you will be developing if you go into teaching.

1. Determine the schedule for your class. You are designing a three-credit course. Will it meet for three hours once a week, one hour three times a week, or meet for two hours one day and one hour another day?

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AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division’s midwinter meeting at Poynter enables faculty members to share teaching strategies and research related to teaching

Michigan State faculty member Cheryl Pell used her laptop, iPad and iPhone during a session on using Twitter in the classroom at the midwinter meeting at Poynter, January 2012. Photo by Julie Dodd

Michigan State faculty member Cheryl Pell used her laptop, iPad and iPhone during a session on using Twitter in the classroom at the midwinter meeting at Poynter, January 2012. Photo by Julie Dodd

by Julie Dodd

What’s a great way for teachers to get ready for the start of a new semester?

Attending a workshop, conference or training session that helps consider new teaching strategies, share research findings on teaching, and share strategies on curriculum development.

That’s just what I’m going to be doing the weekend before classes start at the University of Florida. I’ll be attending the mid-winter meeting of the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division, held at the Poynter Institute at St. Petersburg.

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