So you have a terrific syllabus that you have finally perfected. You are confident that it has the information your students need to succeed in the course. The only problem? It’s so long! Are you
worried that your busy students will just glance at the syllabus without reading it?
One solution to this common problem is a three birds/one stone solution: create a syllabus intro video. In the video, you might talk about the syllabus the same way you would in a face-to-face class. You would highlight important information in the syllabus and remind them in future times of confusion to consult the syllabus first to see if the answer lies therein. You can encourage them to ask any questions about the syllabus in the Raise Your Hand discussion forum. This video could go in your Welcome Note, or it can accompany the syllabus in the Course Information module under content.
What are the three birds?
- A syllabus video allows students to see your face, hear your voice, and feel more engaged in the class. Engaged students tend to learn more.
- You can highlight the important information in the syllabus, making sure they know about the important information on page 3.
- Instructors are often concerned with personalizing online courses, especially those designed by someone else. A video brings your own personal touch to the course.
The video doesn’t have to be fancy, it could be something you recorded using the webcam on your laptop, although higher production values are always appreciated.