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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Syllabus Enthusiast │Lawsuits and Transparency
eNews from the
Syllabus Geeks :: Issue 6
Wants Your Syllabi...
they have them?
The National Council on Teacher
Quality was organized to assess and ultimately raise the bar on
teacher education. As part of their studies they are reviewing
syllabi as one of a multitude of metrics combined to determine a
grade for every school of education.
While there remains some contention as to the validity of syllabi as
an input to their assessment process, many schools (particularly
public institutions) have provided their syllabi without question. In
fact many of them already have processes for managing syllabi and
openly sharing with the public.
However, a number of schools withheld and soon found themselves in a
bit of hot water. They argued that syllabi are intellectual property
and thus they are not required to share them. So the NCTQ sued schools
across various states for access to their syllabi...
And they won.
Get the whole scoop on the NCTQ cases and what the results mean for
syllabus IP and transparency. >>
Syllabus of the Day
Itching to know the most viewed syllabus
this fall? That honor goes to Professor Linde of UBC with her Strategic Management
Another interesting fact, Introduction
to Computers was the most popular course title, followed
closely by English
Scenes Webster University
Webster University has been one of our
longest and strongest clients. With over 20k students across 100+ sites
world-wide, they've helped bring to life a number of innovative
syllabus management features we now all enjoy.
Last month we caught up with Lauren Brown to learn about their
implementation and success with Concourse. She also provided background
on their underlying motivation for better syllabus management and the
tools and processes they used prior to Concourse. It is definitely an
interview worth listening to.
Thanks Lauren for sharing your story of syllabus domination with us! >>
the Syllabus Lifecycle
While Audit has been a core feature of
Concourse for nearly two years, this marks its first appearance in the
Mostly driven by accreditation and legislative reporting, it's our
understanding that audit is now being extensively used in three
sequential workflows: new course approval, template check-off, and
sectional syllabus review. All three of these steps are integral parts
of managing the syllabus lifecycle, so what used to take institutions dozens
of hours to complete can now be done in mere minutes.
It's no wonder why audit has rapidly become a client favorite. >>
Geek Friend or Foe
While one could easily jump to the
conclusion that a group suing for syllabi is not one the Syllabus Geeks
should share superpowers with, we actually have a number of common
goals: increased transparency, outcome improvement, and analytical
In fact, we see Concourse as a way to bridge institutional and
assessment agency needs. Concourse centrally protects IP. It
streamlines content collection and organization. And information is
then readily accessible and digestible.
We appreciate the work the NCTQ and other agencies are doing so
students know exactly what to expect of their experience. >>
Syllabus Geek vs. arch nemeses Faculty Resistance and Budget
Constrictor. The Epic Tour
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