Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Can I Put This in My Syllabus?


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  1. I want to put this poster up in my classroom.

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  2. Brilliant!

    But I do find myself wondering what picture of a woman (especially a middle-aged to older woman) one could place behind the same caption, and still have the words come across with the same sense of perfect reason and good cheer.

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    1. Good point, but for the meme to make sense this caption requires the Dos Equis guy. Look up the commercials on YouTube--I find them delightful. (Where is the sister campaign with the Most Interesting Woman in the World? I nominate Helen Mirren to play her.)

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    2. Oh! Helen Mirren! Helen Mirren. ...Or Dame Judy Dench!

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    3. Either will do, but my heart will always be with Helen Mirren's delightful romp in Red:
      "[pleasantly] In all the years I've known Francis, I've never seen him like this. So if you break his heart, I will kill you. And bury you body in the woods."

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    4. Aha! Now I understand it better; thanks!

      And yes, I think Mirren might work.

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  3. I hate to be a copy cat, but -
    Nice!


    We have this new mass produced fill-in-the-blanks syllabus we're supposed to use. A particularly irritating feature is the requirement to explain the operational function of every medium to be used. As in, if we plan to use ANY of the following, we are to DEFINE and describe them: textbook, lecture, lab, powerpoint, problem solving, the internet.... the list goes on and on. It is super asinine. My first draft contained the following entry for "lecture".

    Lecture: The things I tell you will not be wrong.


    I decided that was too "in your face", so instead I'm using my syllabus from last semester because I "didn't get" the e-mail about the new format.

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    1. At the place where I used to teach, we had a system like what you described inflicted upon us. It was meant to replace all of our course outlines and give in great detail what was to be taught in each topic. That detail included background theory, examples, and how it all was to be presented in the corresponding lecture or lab session.

      It didn't end there. Each of those had to be written to accommodate each of the four official "learning styles". (Thankfully, I've long forgotten what they are.) So, once we completed one of these for a given course, we had to repeat the process 3 more times but with the appropriate modifications.

      Most of my colleagues in the department treated it like the joke we saw it to be, but I heard rumours about some people elsewhere in the institution who made theirs quite elaborate, including cross-reference URLs and videos. By the time those were finished, they could have been used instead of a textbook.

      How that all came about was equally bewildering. It was all co-ordinated by a staff member who was using it as the thesis topic for her education Ph. D. There was also the rumour that once it was all finished and she finally got her degree, she'd quit and become an educational consultant.

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  4. Some years ago, the Annals of Improbable Research asked Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann how he deals with junk mail. Hoffmann answered, "Junk mail is the mail that gives me the greatest pleasure in the world, because I know immediately what to do with it."

    And likewise it is with me with RTFS e-mail. Since my syllabi are all online, I can just copy and paste a reply, and be done at once.

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  5. Hey Wombat, have your school check out Salsa: salsa.usu.edu

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  6. King Bee - is this going to put porn on my computer?

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