After having watched Lisa and Jim’s session on the interactive syllabus, I am convinced by their argument that having one is a good idea. I liked Laura’s comment about how making a syllabus interactive requires student’s to look at it more than once at the beginning of the term; it is instead a much more integral part of the course. So I am planning to develop an interactive syllabus for my next course.
One thing I need to think about is where to put it. I took a look at BB, which as I mentioned in my last post I haven’t used before since my uni just switched over to it (well I have done a couple of Blackboard Collaborate sessions, but that’s about it). It is very structured, and it seemed difficult to modify, as Lisa mentioned in the session. I did like Lisa’s Moodle syllabus, but I also think that the POTCERT syllabus has some nice features, with the weekly postings of the readings and tasks for the week, so I may try to work out something similar.
In looking at the Ko and Rossen text, I found the comment that most instructors include too little detail to be an interesting one. I have no doubt that they are right about that. I suspect my inclination would be to provide too few details. But I’m also thinking that it is equally possible to provide too many details. To have something so busy that students are distracted by it. To have it so much information and so many links and images that it is easy to get lost in them. Indeed I’ve seen a few syllabi for online courses that seemed to me way, way over the top. I suspect I wouldn’t respond well to those were I taking the course.
So a question I have, then, is this: how much is just enough and not too much?