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What’s a Syllabus?

posted: 1.21.15 by Barclay Barrios

Amazing how quickly the break goes, right?  Here at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) we’ve been back since January 5 (we start so early!) so I’ve been thinking about syllabi and wondering just what a syllabus is (or might be) (or could be) (or should be).

I’ve known some who consider the syllabus a contract and in fact implement some form of contract grading (à la Peter Elbow) and certainly here at FAU the syllabus is, in part, a bureaucratic instrument, filled with mandated statements to ensure compliance with various state and university policies.  But I think for me, a syllabus is something else, and I have been trying to figure out what that something else is. [read more]

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Worst Formatting Ever

posted: 2.21.07 by Barclay Barrios

Challenge students to bring in the most unreadable draft ever by playing with the format of their papers in a word processor. As part of the assignment, students should read the material in the handbook on formatting papers and/or document design. Have the class vote on which reformatted draft is the most unreadable and use that to start a discussion about paper formatting and what makes a paper readable.

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Headings for Organization

posted: 11.20.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on headings in documents or on document design, as well as the section on outlines. Then have them add headings to their current or next draft, thinking of these headings as an integrated outline of the paper. In peer revision groups, ask peers to assess the accuracy, value, and wording of these headings.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Document Design, Drafting, Peer Review, Revising
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