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Fundamental Pedagogical Principles

Paul T. Wietig, EdDptwietig@buffalo.edu

Assistant Vice PresidentInterprofessional EducationUniversity at BuffaloAcademic Health CenterThe Power of the SyllabusEnhance the Process of Learning and Teaching

Teaching should not be like pitching a baseball toward a student in the batters box to see whether he/she hits or strikes out. Ideally, a teacher organizes a game of Frisbee, inviting students to catch an idea and pass it onEd Neal UNC - TLC

The Power of the SyllabusEnhance the Process of Learning and Teaching

Thoughts on a Syllabus A set of promises to your studentsOutcomes: What they will understand and do.Methods: How you and they will go about achieving goals.Evaluation: How you and they will understand progress. A Syllabus IsA contract between the student, instructor and the universitySets forth what is expected during the term of the contract and to guide the behaviors of both partiesSets forth responsibilities of students and of the instructor for tasksSets forth procedures and policiesParks & Harris The Purpose of a Syllabus

Questions To Be ConsideredWhich ideas or themes do you want to teach?orWhat kind of questions will your students be better prepared to answer as a result of your course? andWhat kind of skills will your course help them develop in order to answer those questions?Additional Syllabus Development Points AimsThe main themes or ideas I will emphasize areThe big picture or story line for this course isThe main question(s) I am interested in having students find / solve / understand includeThe mental model I am promoting Additional Syllabus Development Points OutcomesI want my students to become more skillfulin doingAdditional Syllabus Development PointsStyleThe diction / style / methodology I will use to convey the aims and outcomes Learning Objective ComponentsAudience: the WhoBehavior: the WhatCondition: the WhenDegree: the How wellA Well-Written Learning ObjectiveStudent-centeredOutcome-oriented vs. process-orientedOutcome-oriented vs. just stating the material to be coveredDescribes one outcome onlySpecific vs. generalObservable and measurableWriting Objectivesto the Appropriate Level Bloomify the objective

Knowledge (Remember)Comprehension (Understanding)Application (Apply)Analysis (Analyze)Synthesis (Create)Evaluation (Evaluate)Mentoring Minds

Assessing Student Achievement Multiple choice (quiz, test) Pre and post testing for knowledge End of semester project Lab, field report Final paperAssessing Student AchievementOral presentationGroup projectCase studyPortfolio projectJournalPerformanceProblem setsPop quizOne minute quizSample Syllabus