Facilitated by Kent Andersen (Birmingham–Southern College), Barbara Lom (Davidson), Kerry Paumi (Centre), and Betsy Sandlin (Sewanee)
In what ways might the syllabus articulate course policies without undermining the invitation to learn and build community? This workshop explored ways to improve syllabi language and structure to extend inclusive, welcoming, and appropriately flexible learning invitations to students. During this interactive workshop, participants critically examined sample syllabi to uncover unintended messages and explore ways to craft more inclusive syllabi, including the use of anti-oppression statements, opportunities for students to collaborate on course design, articulation of meaningful course goals, and intentional design for flexibility. Undergraduates provided first-hand feedback on how they engage with and respond to syllabi. Workshop slides, handouts, and a bibliography of resources are available below.
View the recording of the workshop below.