(ILED Designcasts is a series of informal video discussions between ILED co-founders Bucky Dodd and Rob Reynolds. Each short video addresses a current topic in educational media or technology from the perspective of Learning Environment Design. Click here to see our Designcast schedule and topics.)

What’s a Syllabus Good for When it Comes to Learning?

In this ILED Designcast episode, we tackle the topic of the course syllabus. Is it a contract for a transaction? Is it a permanent record? Is it a learning environment? Are there alternative formats we should consider?

In our discussion, we focus on the importance of defining the “Why” of the syllabus, as well as its potential as a learning environment that transcends the traditional written format.

Resources

The Purposes of a Syllabus

University of Washington Course and Syllabus Design