Tips for rethinking syllabi for the Fall semester: Opinion

August 13, 2021
As COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty about the Fall semester, Matthew R Johnson encourages instructors to review their syllabi and consider how they could be changed to make the school year easier for students. Johnson encourages instructors to be flexible in their handling of attendance, group work, late assignments, student workload, and camera and grading policies. The author explains that instructors should consider designing their syllabi with a welcoming tone and include information on where students can find support. “A little flexibility will go a long way in relieving both students’ stress and your own, and may provide significant boosts to their confidence and learning,” writes Johnson. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial)