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Worst Syllabus Ever: What to Avoid When Writing a Syllabus

What to Avoid When Writing a Syllabus

This workshop uses an example of what not to do to think about how to design syllabi that promote student engagement and incorporate principles of inclusive teaching. We will look at the worst syllabus ever, a course description and set of policies with close to 40 examples of language and practices that alienate students and fail to promote effective learning. After annotating the syllabus, we will discuss which elements are most urgently in need of revising and how to adjust them to promote student learning.

Participants will identify syllabus language that does not create an inclusive classroom environment or promote student learning and develop welcoming course policies and syllabus language.

This workshop is part of the Innovative Teaching & Learning workshop series for GW instructors seeking strategies to increase student engagement, build an inclusive community, and communicate with learners in new ways. Workshops in this series are sponsored by the Instructional Core. The Instructional Core provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for instructors in search of teaching solutions. If you need feedback on assignment or syllabus design, advice on teaching methods, or ideas for new activities, consider booking a consultation with the Instructional Core.

All sessions are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni. GW has an institutional commitment to ensuring that all of our programs and events are accessible for all individuals. If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact libraryevents@gwu.edu at least 72 business hours (3 business days) prior to the event.