10 Steps Towards Creating a Syllabus

For those who have never created a syllabus before the structure of this 9-step plan might be helpful. The points move from general to specific. The 9 steps are explained in detail in other posts in this blog.

1. Learn about the curriculum holistically.

2. Determine the learning outcomes for the course as it supports the course’s role in the curriculum.

3. Develop a list of competencies that will support each desired outcome.

4. List the skills necessary to achieve each individual competency.

5. Prioritize the competencies for each learning outcome.

6. Devise assignments/projects for the class.

7. Devise in-class activities and homework activities to support the projects.

8. Create a course description.

9. Create a calendar for the course.

10. Tweak the resulting plan!

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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