Since its inception, FACDIS has clung to improving course syllabi as the "royal road" to verifiable course enhancement. By demonstrating progress via comparisons of pre- and post-project syllabi, accountability has coalesced around the task of improving course syllabi. Few other documents provide such revealing snapshots of the content and process at work in higher education classrooms. On our web site, the consortium seeks to share relevant resources with academic colleagues. Instructors can access useful nuts-and-bolts syllabus outlines by following the links to syllabus-related websites from other institutions (Create a Syllabus).
FACDIS colleague, Michael Strada, has written three articles dealing with the importance of improving course syllabi. The articles, all published in 2000 and 2001 in national journals, can be accessed here by clicking on Michael Strada's Articles on Syllabi . Professor Strada has also written a book, Benefits of Model Syllabi, published by University Press of America in July 2006.
The 23-page syllabus (including lesson plans) for Mike Strada's course, " Global Issues: An Introduction to the Social Sciences ," is also available here, as are exemplary syllabi from other professors (both within FACDIS and without). Please send us your best efforts so we can add your syllabus to the web site.
FACDIS Members Syllabi
- Sophia Peterson, WVU
- Political Science 260: Intro to International Relations
- John Warner, Jr., WV Wesleyan College
- Sociology 305.1: Global Minorities