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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Syllabus Enthusiast: Syllabus Management 101 - A first step towards better syllabus management
eNews from the
Syllabus Geeks :: Issue 7
step towards better syllabus management
Is your institution considering
getting more rigorous with its management of syllabi but
not sure where to begin? Or maybe you have a process in place
though you know there’s room for improvement?
In fact, you've probably heard refrains like, "we developed a
template for all instructors with boilerplate language but still see
the same old policies showing up" or, "our checklist says
every syllabus is supposed to have a description and outcomes but
they aren't always present - much less consistent - especially among
Well you're not alone. Over the last year we've seen a wave
of interest for institutionally managing syllabi, so we’ve
outlined three initial steps
you can take - a 101 class, if you will - to get you started with
better syllabus management today.
It all begins with getting a
baseline for where you are at today. Are syllabi being collected and
coordinated? If so, who's doing it? And is this happening across the
Then you need figure out where you want to (realistically) take the
management of syllabi. Are you looking for a simple repository, a
fully featured syllabus manager, or somewhere in-between?
Third is the selection of an appropriate tool that supports
your vision. These range from commercial solutions to in-house
systems, and even open source platforms.
Managing syllabi can be easy as long
as you know where to start. Plus it's even possible to do even
on a limited budget. Trust us, once you have a solution in place
you will wonder what your institution ever did without it. >>
Like a python you can feel it
tightening around you. Today everyone feels the pinch of the budget constrictor.
He swallows your best intentions, replacing them with the grim
realities of your institution’s ever-stretched resources.
Fortunately some solutions, like Concourse Lite,
are effective yet affordable. It's quick to deploy, integrates with
existing systems, and helps your institution manage its syllabi more
efficiently. And greater efficiency equals more time – for teaching,
for student services, and for research.
of Syllabi for Accreditation
When Middle States told
Fulton-Montgomery CC that they needed a better assessment system to
ensure objectives and outcomes were present and consistent on all
syllabi, FMCC turned to Concourse Lite - and they couldn't be
happier about it. Within a semester of its implementation, they'd
exceeded the commission's recommendations.
In addition to saving them time and resources, Concourse Lite soon also
took on a life of its own in supporting students and faculty.
Read more about FMCC and what their Dean had to say about its success
on their campus. >>
What can your institution learn from
schools that have already gone through the process of developing a
syllabus management system? A lot!
Though unsurprisingly we stand behind Concourse as our system
of choice, this time we nod to a handful of schools (NYIT, Clemson, and
the University of Alabama) who have all recognized the same challenges
with managing syllabi and built in-house solutions to solve them.
Each school has included varying
degrees of sophistication to meet their individual needs, from basic
repositories to a fully-searchable platform with templating built
Is your institution looking for a
system that gets syllabi organized quickly, easily, and affordably? One
that benefits students, faculty, and administrators without disrupting
processes? Integrates with your LMS and has workflow?
Concourse Lite, our introductory syllabus management platform, is the
perfect turnkey solution for schools who want to implement a powerful
system centered around existing syllabi. It deploys in days, is well
received by faculty, and is cost effective.
Take the first step towards better syllabus management and see how you
can have syllabi going from 0 to 60 in seconds. >>
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