- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Optional Statement for Syllabi
- How to upload your syllabus to Canvas
- The official Syllabus Requirements of the College
- Creating an Engaging Syllabus
- Course Planning Resources
- Common Syllabus Language for Service Learning (SL) Designated Courses
- Curriculum and Syllabus Archive
Dee Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning is an essential model for faculty to consider as they design their courses and determine their pedagogical approach. For many years college curriculum was based on the available textbooks. The professor’s role was to settle on a book that adequately covered a subject and teach that book, chapter by chapter. The faculty member’s goal was to cover the content. In the early 1950’s, educators collaborated with curriculum and test designers to create teaching and learning materials for the modern age. Professors began to design courses to meet particular objectives established by their institutions or perceived as market demand. In the mid-1950’s Benjamin Bloom conceived a learning taxonomy that has been a foundation for higher education curriculum design. For Bloom, optimal teaching and learning occurred when instructors systematically guided students through six increasingly complex levels of subject or skill mastery. In 2013, Dee Fink suggested a revision to Bloom’s linear model. Fink proposes that significant learning occurs when six critical components work in conjunction to enhance each other. The more key components a professor includes in her lesson, unit and course, the more significant the learning will be for the student.
Let Us Teach is a unique MLK Day teaching and learning event designed to engage the entire Champlain College campus community. On January 15th, the first day of Spring Semester, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a variety of Let Us Teach educational experiences that will inform and inspire.
If faculty members would like their students to reflect on their experience, the CLT has created a Reflection Guide that can stand alone or be used as a menu of reflection questions from which to create a condensed version.
A simple or condensed version of this guide could be assigning a 1-paper using the following 3 prompts:
- What I learned
- Why it matters
- What I will do
The purpose of reflection is therefore to bring our reasoning processes and behavior patterns to the surface and make them explicit. – Caronlyn Maughan
We are inclined to think of reflection as something quiet and personal. My argument here is that reflection is action-oriented, social and political. Its ‘product’ is praxis (informed, committed action), the most eloquent and socially significant form of human action. – Stephen Kemmis