IDEA Webinars: Learning for Greater Impact

Creating a learner-centered syllabus

Does the syllabus really matter? For many, the syllabus is just a formal document with policies and due dates. While such information is essential, the syllabus can be so much more. 

Join us in this 30 minute webinar to spur your thoughts about creating a syllabus that gets students interested in your course and helps them better understand what they will learn and why it’s important. You’ll come away with some ideas for creating a more “learner-centered” syllabus.

Presenters:

David Pollock, PhD
IDEA Faculty Development Specialist 

Michael Palmer, PhD
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Professor, General Faculty and Lecturer in Chemistry
University of Virginia

  • Length: 30 minutes
  • August 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Thanks everyone for joining in!  A recording of this webinar will be available soon.

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n the meantime, check out some related Resources for Faculty Developers, and take a look at IDEA Paper #60: Constructing a Learner-Centered Syllabus: One Professor’s Journey

 

IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Webinars

On-campus coordinators should consult the schedules below and promote the webinars to the appropriate faculty and administrators as needed. It is recommended that campuses organize joint-viewing sessions so that leaders can answer questions about local issues at the same time participants are learning the system.

IDEA offers these three webinars on a rotation every month

IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) on Campus Labs Overview: This training focuses primarily on the selection of learning objectives, best practices for response rates, and the addition of custom questions. Reports are touched on briefly, but primarily to provide context for objective selection.

  • Who should attend: This session is designed primarily for faculty, but administrators are encouraged to attend.
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Upcoming webinars - all at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time:       
    • Wednesday, September 5
    • Wednesday, October 10
    • Wednesday, November 7
    • Wednesday, December 5
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IDEA SRI on Campus Labs Faculty Reports Training: This training focuses on understanding and navigating faculty reports and explores how to use that data to make improvements to a given course. This session is designed primarily for faculty, but administrators who will be reviewing faculty reports should attend as well. 

  • Who should attend: This session is designed primarily for faculty, but administrators who will be reviewing faculty reports should attend as well. 
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Upcoming webinars - all at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time:
    • Wednesday, September 19
    • Wednesday, October 17
    • Wednesday, November 14
    • Wednesday, December 12

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IDEA SRI on Campus Labs Department Heads Reports Training:

This training focuses on administrator reports, with attention primarily given to the navigational elements of the system. In addition to focusing on where unit-level data exists within the system, we discuss how to use that data to target professional development, examine how objectives are selected across the unit, and how to assess unit-level teaching effectiveness. This session is designed only for department heads (chairs/deans or other unit administrators).


  • Who should attend: This session is designed only for department heads.
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Upcoming webinars - all at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time: 
    • Wednesday, August 22
    • Wednesday, September 26
    • Wednesday, October 24
    • Wednesday, November 28
    • Wednesday, December 19
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New Student Video Available


To help you communicate the importance of providing feedback, we are providing this short video for students. You might embed it in your Learning Management System, use it in freshman orientation, play it in your on-campus digital signage or in any other way you would find useful.

Video transcript: Your Voice Matters

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