Presenters: Christina Petersen, David Langley University of Minnesota, Cheryl Neudaur, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
A mismatch exists between modern principles of “sticky” messages (Heath & Heath, 2008; Reynolds, 2012) and the typical format of course syllabi. Text-heavy, legalistic, and often overly detailed, the syllabus remains a document that rarely inspires or energizes students, despite notable efforts at reconfiguring its structure (e.g., Nilson, 2003). We have reinterpreted the Heath brothers SUCCESs model toward syllabus construction, demonstrating how this model helps to redesign syllabi that are well-received by students. In addition, an attractive and creative syllabus of this type forges the first link in a chain of consistent, motivating communication messages across semester-length courses.
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