Teaching students to effectively use syllabi: Opinion

August 31, 2021
Students may not inherently know how to use a syllabi and would benefit from being taught how to read one, writes Loleen Berdahl, executive director of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Berdahl encourages instructors to use a variety of techniques to help students engage with the syllabus, including making the syllabus available prior to their first class; requiring students to bring a copy to the first class; and teaching students to use the syllabus as a source of information through activities such as learning outcome mapping, syllabus quizzes, and jargon searches. Finally, Berdahl says instructors can use their email signature to guide students to the syllabus for answers to their questions in addition to referring to the syllabus continuously during class. University Affairs (Editorial)