We have the assignment of creating a learner-centered syllabus. I thought it would be so much fun to create a syllabus for an ideal class I myself would like to teach one day but, upon reflecting on how much I currently teach and the need to make changes in our classrooms NOW, I ultimately decided to make a learner-centered syllabus based on the lab classes I teach. Certainly, this stood to be a challenge because when teaching a lab class I do not have entire control over the course/content but, creating this syllabus showed me I DO have control over the environment and the learner-centered atmosphere I create and it all starts with the syllabus. Did any of you out there implement a syllabus structured around lab classes? If so, what was your experience and some unique ideas you were able to implement?
I was reading the New Horizons Winter 2012 Journal and I came across a really nice article, that I think ties together a lot of the various concepts we have touched on in class. It is entitled “Successfully Teaching with Humorous Videos: Videagogy”. It ties together teaching a new generation of students who use multimedia in every facet of life together with learner-centered teaching and how we learn so much more when we incorporate laughter/humor. I think it was very thought provoking and intriguing, hopefully you will as well! Enjoy!