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Course Syllabi should include:
•An Academic Integrity statement.
•Clear unambiguous assignment expectations.
•Expectations regarding group work and collaboration.
•Contact information for instructor, teaching assistants, lab demonstrators, or anyone else that the student may need to communicate with as function of participating in the course.
When designing course curriculum, consider:
•Including Academic Integrity concepts with the curriculum.
•How content relates to the learning outcomes, instructional strategies and assessment protocols.
•How the curriculum promotes Critical Thinking.
•How the curriculum encourages students to think about ideas and language in different ways.
•How it challenges students to understand the role of ideas and language in defining people, society, theory, etc.
•How it challenges students to question assumptions.
When designing assessment tools, consider:
•Clearly defined expectations regarding group work assignments (e.g., guidelines for record keeping and accountability).
•What your students will be doing and why they will be doing it.
•Revision (of essay assignments) as an assessment tool (e.g. successive drafts).
•Clearly state their expectations with regard to coursework.
•Provide a supportive interpersonal approach to discussion.
•Provide feedback in a manner that is timely, and relevant for improvement of performance.
•Challenge students to present ideas creatively within the conventions of their academic discipline.