Syllabi & Coursepacks
The AHTR blog hosted a discussion on online syllabi and, very much inspired by Smarthistory’s online syllabus offerings, created a template for an online syllabus for Prehistory – Gothic (here) and Renaissance to Contemporary (here).
They’re formatted as a Google Docs Excel spreadsheet for easy editing. You can copy and paste this template to your own Google Doc in order to create a stand-alone syllabus that reflects your survey focus.
Your link to the spreadsheet you create can be emailed to students at the beginning of the semester and/or posted to Bboard. If the access is set to “anyone with this link can view” then students can see the syllabus on Google Docs by accessing the link through Bboard, but won’t be able to add or delete.
You may be required to teach to a particular textbook, or to teach chronologically rather than thematically. Below are resources for several different types of syllabi that can be “mixed and matched” to suit your needs and teaching specialisms. If you’re a Renaissance specialist, expand that part of the course. If you’re a non-Western specialist in African Art, flip the weekly chronology and begin with non-Western (and contract certain Western topics).
Build the Syllabus: 1-2-3
1) If you’re building your very first syllabus, you might find the syllabus checklist useful.
2) Here’s a template for the “outline and rules” section of your syllabus that can be used as the introduction to any course – it includes basics such as a course description, grading policies, classroom etiquette etc.
3) Then, add on the relevant week-by-week outline from the choices below:
— Chronological weekly outline for Prehistory to Gothic art survey course
— Chronological weekly outline for Renaissance to Modern art survey course
— Chronological weekly outline for one-semester art survey course (via Smarthistory)
— Thematic weekly outline for “Prehistory to Present” one-semester art survey course (via Smarthistory)
This short and smart post by Louise Lamphere Beryl, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, discusses one way to approach syllabus design – “Backward Design,” as touted by educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.