Syllabus and Scheduling Schea Fissel Speech Pathology & Audiology firstname.lastname@example.org Syllabus Requirements Office Hours & Contact Information Course Objectives Classroom Policies (Attendance/Social Media) Course Outline Grading Policies University Registration Requirements Accessibility Requirements Academic Honesty Statement University policies on ‘excused absences’ Web-Based Resources www.profhacker.com http://www.assetproject.info/ http://www.kent.edu/fpdc/index.cfm Mike Allen Geography email@example.com Syllabus and Scheduling Pointers Personalize your syllabus! Use easily understood language (4th grade level). When in doubt, cite information included in your syllabus, presentations and written communication. Include an electronic response statement to set expectations for when the instructor will respond to e-mails and other communication. PROOF READ your syllabus! Find a peer to take a second look through for edits/recommendations. Match the TONE of your written language to the tone you want to foster in your classroom. Include a ‘Professionalism’ clause and consider integrating this into the students’ grades. Consider using a copyright and intellectual property statement to protect your course content. Check with your department for recommended policies. Similar to a business plan, consider including a ‘mission’ and ‘vision’ statement to frame the goals and objectives set for your course. Provide a disclaimer on your course schedule that ‘dates and content are subject to change.’ This provides flexibility in scheduling. Be clear about assignment expectations (e.g., handwritten versus typed) and policies/expectations for missed assignments and late work. Reference existing departmental syllabi to match the style and expectations of the department in syllabus development. Include ‘by appointment’ when describing policies for office hours to give yourself more flexibility in scheduling.