It is quite often when I go do some instructional design consulting with companies I mention the words curriculum and syllabus to them and they look at me blank. For those that don’t know, curriculum is the planned engagement and approaches you as the teacher/facilitator/content expert want the content you want to teach/student to learn. This usually is dictated by the Board of Education or if it is in a corporate setting, maybe OH&S laws or compliance based things. The syllabus on the other hand is like the blueprint for your course, or the contract you are making with the student/learner. This is what you are agreeing to do and what you expect the students to do in order to pass the course. I like to integrate this sorts of stuff up front so, that you are not hiding anything and lets the learners know what they should focus on. So, normally there are certain items that need to be included.
- Title of the course and topics
- Length of time for the course and topics
- Required reading and materials
- Description of course/topic
- Prerequisites (if any)
- Course objectives/learning outcomes
- Assessment details (weighting if applicable)
- Grading scale (if necessary)
- Due dates (if needed)
I hope this helps some people with some of the things I work on. Ciao for now.