POD Network Syllabus Workshop


What metaphor guides your vision of your syllabus? Is it a contract, a motivational tool, or a handbook? The philosopher of education, Sam Rocha, has recently proposed that the guiding metaphor for the syllabus should be “a personal correspondence” that “addresses us as if by name.” Following Rocha’s Reconceptualist approach, this workshop will give participants space to uncover and examine the results of their guiding metaphor. In this active workshop, participants will practice intentional syllabus design that prioritizes the personhood of learner and educator alike and revise in a collegial environment.

Workshop Slides

Learner-Focused Rubric

Sample Syllabi for Scoring

Graphic Ungrading Syllabus

First-Year Composition

School of Education Required Course

Syllabus Action Plan

Next Steps

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