In the Fall 2009 semester, I took a new step in my evolution as a teacher. On the first day of the course I was teaching (ADMS 707 – The Politics of Education), as is customary, I handed out a syllabus. I then immediately proceeded to tell the students to rip up the syllabus. They did so, with some funny looks on their faces. After that, I asked them two questions: (1) What do you want to learn this semester? and (2) How do you want to learn this semester? I wanted them to guide their own learning. Ultimately, our “course” was managed and documented by a wiki syllabus. Feel free to click around and see what that was all about.
Since then, I have only “rolled my own” course management systems, starting from wiki-like platform, Google Sites. For example, for ADMS 647: Educational Technology and School Leadership, I built two mirrored course sites HERE and HERE. There’s no real “syllabus” per se, but there is a course schedule with links to the page with information for each week’s expectations and activities.
As a point of comparison, the syllabus below is for ADMS 647 in Spring 2009, the last time I used a more traditional syllabus. Following that are the syllabi I used in prior courses at VCU.