I decided to create a graphic syllabus for my course because it was something I had never seen before this course, and because I already had a traditional syllabus. I chose to use a Google Presentation because not everyone has Microsoft Office or a similar product (myself included), and I want my learners to be able to access the information no matter what they have on their computer. This format allows me to easily embed the presentation into a webpage and share it with the world.
I was particularly inspired by Weimer and the idea of trying to spark interest in the course with the syllabus and Pacansky-Brock with her images. I chose to outline the modules, and then provide the objectives for each module on separate pages. In its finished format, I might also link each learning guide to the syllabus as well, or include each activity/assessment on the graphic itself as Hara did.
All images used in my syllabus are Creative Commons Reuse licensed, which is important to me for many reasons, but most importantly, to model to my students the appropriate use of other’s works, which also happens to be one of our modules!
This was quite an undertaking, but well worth the time I put in to it. I love having a roadmap for myself as well as my students, as it allows me to see visually what might be lacking, and which modules weigh more heavily. It also inspired me to create an InfoGraphic outlining the course. It was my first attempt at an InfoGraphic, and it's not as pretty as most I've seen, but it was a neat exercise to show students the different types of activities they will be doing throughout the course in a more succinct way.
Students will also be given a traditional syllabus that outlines course guidelines and policies. One of the drawbacks I am seeing to the Graphic Syllabus is that it really does a great job of providing a roadmap, but it cannot provide the same things a traditional syllabus does. I think coupling the two will give learners the tools necessary to succeed in the course. Both Syllabi and the InfoGraphic can be found below.
Hara, B. (2010, October 19). Graphic Display of Student Learning Objectives. Retrieved July 1, 2014, fromhttp://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/graphic-display-of-student-learning-objectives/27863
Pacansky-Brock, M. (2011, May 9). Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Time For An Extreme Syllabus Make-Over? Retrieved July 2, 2014, from http://www.teachingwithoutwalls.com/2011/05/time-for-extreme-syllabus-make-over.html
Weimer, M. (2011, August 24). What Does Your Syllabus Say About You and Your Course? Retrieved July 1, 2014, fromhttp://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/what-does-your-syllabus-say-about-you-and-your-course/