Creating a Syllabus: Steps 9 & 10- Create a Course Calendar & Write the Syllabus

Step #9- You now have enough information to create a calendar for the course, which can include due dates, in-class activities, critiques, titles of lectures, topics, etc. Make sure to fill in any holidays on which you know classes will not be held.

Step #10- Write up your syllabus in an organized fashion, including all the elements required in a syllabus, and tweak it. By now, you will have probably realized that your ambitions for the class have far outstripped the available time! Go back and try to cut out what is really unnecessary. If it doesn’t serve your learning outcomes, you don’t need to include it, no matter how cool it would be to have it as a part of the course.

Whatever choices you make, make sure that the resulting syllabus is as powerful a teaching tool as it can possibly be.

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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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