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The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course

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The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course

Linda B. Nilson

ISBN: 978-0-470-62354-1 December 2009 Jossey-Bass 200 Pages

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This book shows college instructors how to communicate their course organization to students in a graphic syllabus—a one-page diagram, flowchart, or concept map of the topical organization—and an outcomes map—a one-page flowchart of the sequence of student learning objectives and outcomes from the foundational through the mediating to the ultimate. It also documents the positive impact that graphics have on student learning and cautions readers about common errors in designing graphic syllabi.

About the Author ix

Preface x

Acknowledgments xiii

1 The Limits of a Text Syllabus 1

2 How and Why Graphics Enhance Learning 14

3 Designing a Graphic Syllabus 26

4 Charting an Outcomes Map 61

5 How Graphics Benefit Course Organization 87

Appendix A. More Model Graphic Syllabi for Inspiration 101

Appendix B. Computer Software for Graphic Syllabi and Outcomes Maps 159

Bibliography 163

Index 173