“While we may not talk about it, we know a syllabus reveals a lot about our colleagues,” writes Linda Nilson in The Graphic Syllabus. The book, published in 2007, talks about how bureaucratized syllabus developed in response to various political pressures in higher ed, the old-style syllabus (which was simple and teacher-centered), and the learner-centered syllabus (which is guide-on-the-side and visually oriented).
But, let’s reconsider that quote in light of the cookie-cutter syllabi that higher ed mandates today.
“While we many not talk about it, we know a syllabus reveals nothing about our colleagues except that we are expected to follow in line.”
No child left behind has become no college student left behind, indeed.