Hidden jokes in syllabi foster conversation about improving student engagement

September 2, 2016

A number of US professors have begun testing student engagement with course materials by inserting hidden jokes and tasks into the middle of course syllabi, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Aside from these jokes, many professors are also using the beginning of classes to rethink the use of syllabi altogether. Professor Joseph Howley notes that a syllabus should be a “road map” for a course, and that professors should keep in mind that it is the first point of contact they have with their students. The article highlights specific strategies for improving syllabi to improve student engagement and learning throughout a semester. Chronicle of Higher Education