The Syllabus tool in Laulima allows you to post your syllabus for your students to access.
To add the Syllabus tool:
Log into Laulima.
Click on your course site in the blue tabs across the top.
Click on Site Info in the left menu of tools.
Click on Edit Tools.
Checkmark the Syllabus tool and click Continue and then Finish.
Click on the Syllabus tool in the left menu and add your syllabus.
By default, the Syllabus tool is not published to students. To make it viewable to students, you’ll need to click the lightbulb icon ‘on’.
And now to check/preview as a student, click the drop-down menu, “View site as:” at the top-right of your screen and choose “Student”. You should be able to see it. When you’re done, go back to the drop-down menu and select “Instructor.”
It was so nice to see everyone back from summer break during Convocation Week!
The EMCers hit the ground running before the semester started by offering several opportunities and professional development events during Convocation Week. Many digital badges were awarded to participants who participated and accomplished the events’/workshops’ objectives (perfect for including as evidence in contract renewal / tenure / promotion dossiers). Here’s a quick re-cap of what happened.
Tech It Out Day
We enjoyed another great Tech It Out Day at Leeward CC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Tech It Out Day is an event to explore how technology can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and online where participants can “test drive” a variety of technology tools, network with peers, and celebrate the start of a new semester.
This year, we were fortunate to have some faculty facilitate sessions by sharing how they use technology in their classes and leading folks through getting started with using the technology tools that they shared. A participant said, “Thank you for the short but very useful sessions! I learned a lot without feeling like the workshops went on for too long! Also, these workshops are so helpful, I can definitely use them in classes.” Another participant commented, “Thank you for engaging sessions. They got right to the point and provided immediately useful information and other resources.” Facilitators and participants earned Tech It Out Day 2016 badges for their involvement and participation.
Now that you got to see and try a few new things, if you would like further help using what you learned or tried, feel free to contact us. We’d love to help you take it to the next step.
Following Tech It Out Day on Tuesday, we had a full house at the Laulima Challenge workshop, facilitated by Greg Walker, Brent Hirata, and me. Everyone was super engaged and learned how to set up the basic tools in Laulima by working together in pairs to do several tasks in Laulima to complete the Laulima Challenge activity. At completion, they earned the “Laulima Challenge Finisher” badge.
Smart Classroom Challenge
On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Brent Hirata facilitated two Smart Classroom Challenge workshops where instructors had the opportunity to learn about, troubleshoot, and try out the Smart Classroom technologies. Reef Amano, Electronics Technician at the EMC, was also there to lend a hand answering technical questions about the hardware. Participants appreciated the opportunity to access a typical Smart Classroom as well as the newer Smart Classroom in the Education Building. By completing the Smart Classroom challenge activity, participants earned the “Smart Classroom Challenge Finisher” badge.
Syllabus Makeover Challenge
On Thursday, August 18, 2016, I facilitated the Syllabus Makeover Challenge workshop. We had guest instructor, Michele Mahi, start things off by sharing her visual syllabus. Then, we discussed various syllabus activities and how we can create more value of it for the students through creativity and design, created a basic doc with the textual contents for a syllabus, and then transformed it into a dynamic, purposeful, and visual syllabus. A free Google Slides template was shared and participants learned different ways to share their syllabus with their students. A collection of instructors’ syllabi can be found here. Participants were excited to bring new life into their syllabus and many finished creating their visual syllabi after the workshop. Once they implement and share how things went, they can earn the “Visual Syllabus Creator” badge.
Convocation week was also an opportunity for folks to record a self-introduction video. A self-introduction video is great to help students get to know you, about the course or service you provide, and establish a connection with you. Visit our growing collection of self-introduction videos by Leeward CC faculty and staff.
See You Around!
We enjoyed our time with you and hope to see you around, work with you, and see you in our upcoming workshops/events this semester. If you haven’t attended our Convocation Week events this semester, we hope that you do next semester!
Accessed Curriculum Central to download their approved course outline.
Created their visual course syllabus within the parameters of the approved course outline.
Saved their syllabus as a PDF.
Used the Laulima Syllabus tool to post their syllabus.
Created a syllabus activity for their class(es).
Since then, three instructors – Cara Chang, Michael Cawdery, and Kale’a Silva – continued their efforts to successfully complete this workshop by making-over their syllabi into visual syllabi, creating and implementing a syllabus activity, and sharing it with us to share with the online community. They were awarded with the “Visual Syllabus Creator” badge. (These digital badges contain detailed information and evidence that can be used in their contract renewal or tenure/promotion dossiers.)
In Cara’s made-over syllabus, she used different colors, pictures, and quotes to add meaning to her visual syllabus. She included photos and quotes taken from some of her course’s readings. Her syllabus also shows her personality and gives students a preview of her course. She even added a personal touch by including her own haiku to go along with a picture she took in her syllabus.
For Cara’s syllabus activity she divided students into groups and assigned each group a section on the syllabus to annotate and share back with the class. She also had her ENG 24 students take a syllabus quiz on the second day of class. She said that, “Students seemed to remember what was on the syllabus a little better and did better on the syllabus quiz than previous semesters. Students were also more engaged because they asked more questions about my syllabus. [They] seemed to like the different colors because some of them went on Laulima and printed out a color copy even though I had given them a black and white copy in class.”
This is Cara’s standard “before” syllabus for ENG 100 – Composition I.
And this is her made-over “visual” syllabus for ENG 100 using Michele Mahi’s visual syllabus document as a template.
Cara has graciously shared her Word (.docx) file for others to download as a template to modify for their own visual syllabus. To view all syllabus artifacts, click here.
Michael condensed his 13-page standard syllabus into a 6-page visual syllabus that is more organized and meaningful. Information is “chunked” in parts for easier reading, colors are catchy, and relevant images and quotes add context.
For his syllabus activity, he did a scavenger hunt and exploration activity where he “jigsawed” the syllabus into parts and divided it up among small groups to review and then share back with the class.
This is Michael’s standard “before” syllabus for ED 285 – Introduction to Classroom Management.
And this is his made-over “visual” syllabus for ED 285 using Michele Mahi’s visual syllabus document as a template.
Michael has graciously shared his Word (.docx) file for others to download as a template to modify for their own visual syllabus. To view all syllabus artifacts, click here.
Kale’a made-over her syllabi by using colors and blocking of each section to make reading easier. She created hers in Google Slides to take advantage of easily creating and arranging blocks, textboxes, and inserting images with simple click-and-dragging.
For her syllabus activity, Kale’a did a syllabus hunt/group building activity where students were given five main questions regarding information in the syllabus, and answered questions in groups. She applied this to her course, teaching, by asking students to reflect on their schooling experiences and how teachers explain course requirements. They compared the activity they did in her class, to the traditional “read the entire document out loud” method. Students discussed the benefit of community building and cooperative learning to learn information. Kale’a commented that students liked the images, clip art, and quotes used in the new syllabus.
This is Kale’a’s standard “before” syllabus for ED 294 – Introduction to Multicultural Education.
And this is her made-over “visual” syllabus for ED 294.
Kale’a has graciously shared her Google Slides file for others to download as a template to modify for their own syllabus. To make a copy of Kale’a’s syllabus to use as a template for your own, follow these steps:
Launch the Google Chrome Internet browser (because Chrome allows you to use a bunch of cool fonts in Google Slides) and log into your Google@UH account (Gmail or Drive).
Click here to open Kale’a’s file in Google Slides and click on File > Make a copy.
Name your file appropriately and edit in Google Slides as desired.
When you’re done, to download it as a PDF file, click on File > Download as > PDF Document (.pdf).
All syllabus artifacts can be viewed and downloaded here, where there is also a basic template available for copying to create your own visual syllabus. If you do make-over your syllabus and found our resources helpful, please submit yours to share too. Or if you’re interested in attending our Syllabus Starter and Makeover Challenge workshop next semester, please look out for the registration information in your email or in the “Week of Welcome” flyer.