College-wide policies and information to include in your syllabus can be found online to copy + paste into your syllabus. Or you can include hyperlink if easier in your syllabus.
ALL SYLLABI SHOULD BE UPLOADED TO THE NEST A WEEK BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN.
Exercise: Write down one line that explains what your syllabus is for. Then ask yourself: Is the purpose of my syllabus aligned with my course goals?
Step 1: Pick your type of knowledge
Types of knowledge are categorized on the knowledge dimension from concrete to abstract. The major categories are factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive. See the pdf for more details.
Step 2: Pick your verb
Verbs correspond with different levels of cognitive processing and are categorized from lower order thinking skills to higher order thinking skills. The major categories are to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create.
Step 3: Use the chart to track learning objectives
No more than four learning objectives should be used at a time. Objectives should include both lower level and higher level cognitive processing as well as concrete and abstract knowledge types.
Moving Away From Bloom's Taxonomy
There is an opportunity to move away from a system based on Bloom's Taxonomy - rethink learning objectives from a multicultural lens. A great example is the medicine wheel which uses a four domain framework.
According to LaFever (2016) The role of the instructor and that of the learner are inextricably tied to achieving the desired outcomes. Both the instructor and the learner should see their roles and responsibilities in the learning environment reflected in the following conceptualizations of the outcome progression.
Long and complicated explanations.
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