How to coordinate a teaching syllabus

A guide to easily coordinating a teaching syllabus via e-mail.

Having a clear visual road map of a course syllabus can help both teachers and students have a clear understanding of how the weeks or months ahead will play out, and also helps to keep everybody on the same page regarding the level of emphasis placed on each topic covered throughout a course.

Let's have a go at mapping out a hypothetical Audio Engineering syllabus, consisting of multiple modules and learning topics.

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Each stage of the curriculum can be assigned due dates, and a complete timeline can be exported for presenting to students.

Project status settings for a teaching course

Status options for each part of the curriculum can be defined within your project settings. You may want to have it set out something like:

Project status settings for a teaching course

As a course progresses, you may find that certain areas demand a longer or shorter period of time for students to understand material. By cloning and re-using your course plan each time, any refinements made during a previous term can be propagated.

Students can be entered directly into course project configurations as Team members, which will enable you to email out assignments and collect responses from the whole class. If doing so, you should also enable Begin new e-mails privately via Bcc to avoid sending the entire list of e-mail addresses to each student.

Setting student access permissions

Students aren't traditionally given access to course planning systems or allowed access to private e-mails discussions between teachers and students. If you subscribe to a more open class culture whereby every student is encouraged to collaborate and share answers among one another, you may like to enable open collaboration within your course plan. Simply adding each student to the project members list and allowing "Read only" access to the system will open up e-mail discussions between the teacher and individual students for everybody to review, cutting down on time spent addressing duplicate questions.

For a private class culture, the project should be set to "No access", so that class members entered into the course cannot view e-mail conversations.


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