What is the Syllabus of Practice?
The Syllabus of Practice is not a master syllabus or template. Rather, it is a working document that outlines the common elements and practices employed in the course (e.g., learning objectives, pedagogical strategies, and the common textbook for the course) and identifies sections where individual instructors would fill in their own individualized material (e.g., points assigned for different parts of the course, in-class courtesy policies, special topics). The Syllabus of Practice also contains annotations that would not be present in the copy given to students, but that explain major pedagogical points, rationale behind specific design choices, and anything else that would be of use to a fellow instructor seeking to deliver this high-quality class that meets FYLI criteria.
Here are some example Syllabus of Practice documents from certified FYLI courses. We thank the authors for granting permission to share their materials here. Please note that these Syllabi of Practice are intended to illustrate the diverse ways in which coordinators have chosen to structure the documents according to their own unique disciplines, preferences, and needs. They reflect a variety of formats and approaches. This diversity is part of the philosophy of the Syllabus of Practice – these are intended to be living, useful documents that capture important practices and facilitate collaboration across colleagues teaching a course.
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
BIO 192: Introduction to Exercise Science