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Teaching and Learning

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Teaching in the Blended Classroom

Strategies, best practices, and tips to support student learning

Remote Instruction Toolkit

Recommendations, guides, and hints for teaching online.

Co-Creating Our Experiences Through Innovative Teaching and Learning

Writing Your Syllabus

The Syllabus Template supports faculty as they develop courses and prepare to teach classes at the NYU School of Professional Studies. A syllabus is an impactful document that sets the tone for the course.1 It is the first contact between faculty and students, and should communicate enthusiasm for the subject matter, challenge and inspire students, and connect subject matter with a relevant, real-world context. 

 

High quality syllabi serve as a:
  • Road map: connects learning objectives with assignments, course materials, and teaching methods through an engaging learning journey with a specific schedule and milestones.
  • Contract: describes expected interactions between faculty and students and highlights communication expectations, teaching philosophy, and feedback channels.
  • Invitation: encourages the sharing of perspectives from a diverse body of students who range in age, culture, learning preferences, skill levels, and professional backgrounds.
  • Scholarly Paragon: sets the standard for scholarship by incorporating writing in all aspects of the course including learning strategies and assessment, maintains high and consistent standards for all students, and summarizes the best teaching literature on a topic.

Syllabus Design Resources and Considerations

General Course Information

Course Description

Course Learning Outcomes

Communication Policy

Course Expectations

Required and Recommended Materials

Assessment Strategy

Grading Information

Course Schedule, In-person

Developing Rubrics

Following are rubric exemplars upon which you can build, as well as worksheets for creating your own rubrics. We would also like to encourage you to contact CAES at caes.sps@nyu.edu should you wish to collaborate on rubric development.

 

  1. The Value Rubrics by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
  2. Creating and Using Rubrics by The Elberly Center at Carnegie Mellon University
  3. Holistic Rubric Worksheet
  4. Analytic Rubric Worksheets
  5. iRubric: a free rubric builder and assessment tool with a gallery of rubrics for a wide range of disciplines.
  6. Roobrix: a rubric score generator that helps avoid grading conversion errors.
  7. Roobrix Guide

 

 

Assessment Rubrics

TIPS FOR INCLUSIVE TEACHING

USE WELCOMING LANGUAGE

SOLICIT DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES

RESPECT STUDENTS’ DIVERSE IDENTITIES AND PERSPECTIVES

ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

EXHIBIT A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN

CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE

SYLLABUS

Six Strategies for Optimizing Student Learning

Green Teaching at SPS

Writing at SPS

Teaching Effectiveness

Best Practices

Learner - Centered Environment

TIPS FOR INCLUSIVE TEACHING

USE WELCOMING LANGUAGE

SOLICIT DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES

RESPECT STUDENTS’ DIVERSE IDENTITIES AND PERSPECTIVES

ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

EXHIBIT A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN

CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE

SYLLABUS

Program-Level Assessment

Student learning assessment is a systemic and ongoing process for understanding and improve student learning (Angelo, 1995). Assessment of student learning occurs at a various levels of a higher education institution: individual level, course level, and institutional level, etc. Program-level assessment determines the extent to which students in an academic program are mastering the learning outcomes of the academic program. 
The program level assessment cycle is continuous, and generally includes five key elements as it is illustrated in the image.

 

Compared to course-level assessment, program-level assessment “helps determine whether students can integrate learning from individual courses into a coherent whole. Interest is focused on the cumulative effects of the educational process” (Banta and Palomba, 2015). Program-level assessment is an opportunity to understand and strengthen student learning experience and learning outcomes and to create meaningful conversations around pedagogy and curriculum in the program.

 

Five Steps to Assessment

Each program is recommended to develop an assessment plan to detail the steps of the assessment cycle for the learning outcomes identified for the program. Assessment plans consist of program goals, learning outcomes, curriculum map, assessment measures, and timeline. Each program should identify 3-5 of its most important learning goals and 6-10 measurable learning outcomes. Every year, each program should revisit the assessment plan and develop an assessment report that assessing at least two learning outcomes.

 

Click the sections below for program-level assessment resources available to all NYU SPS teaching faculty.

 

 

Identify Clear Program Goals and Measurable Learning Outcomes

Ensure Learning Opportunities through Curriculum Mapping

Gather Evidence of Learning

Analyze and Interpret Evidence of Learning

Use Results to Close the Loop

Engaged Learner Series:

 

Welcome to the Engaged Learner Series! Each module focuses on a discrete pedagogical area and was crafted in concert with faculty who are experts in these areas. We would like to invite you to explore these modules and to stay tuned as we continue to add to our reserve!

 

To learn or explore more about the modules below, click on the tiles below.

 

Filter Module Topic offerings by category, using the navigation bar below.

 

To enroll within the NYUiLearn Module, Click on Schedule, Launch, and Launch again.

Engaged Learner Series

Assessment Strategies

Creating a Meaningful Assessment Plan

Career

Faculty Role In Student Career Management

Experiential Learning

A Faculty Member's Perspective

Reading

Student Engagement

Technology

Writing

Responding to Student Writing