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ERIC Number: EJ1075713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
Assessing the Culture of Teaching and Learning through a Syllabus Review
Stanny, Claudia; Gonzalez, Melissa; McGowan, Britt
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v40 n7 p898-913 2015
Content analysis of course syllabi can answer a variety of questions about the structure of courses and the campus culture of teaching and learning. The authors report a review of the full population of undergraduate syllabi at one institution during one academic term (n = 1153), including rubric design and training procedures for reviewers. The authors discuss the rich data generated by a comprehensive analysis of syllabus content, including student learning outcomes, descriptions of assignments and projects, and descriptions of activities and strategies instructors use to promote student learning. The review generated inventories of courses that addressed learning outcomes and associated assignments. Librarians and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment will use these inventories to approach departments and faculty with shared interests (e.g. information literacy, high-impact pedagogical practices, twenty-first century skills) and initiate collaborations to develop library workshops, resource materials and new or improved assignments to promote these learning outcomes. The review findings document changes in the campus culture of teaching and learning and inform efforts for continuous improvement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida