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How do I write a syllabus? What kind of tone should it set? Isn’t there a template I can just use? These are some of the questions many professors–especially if you’re NEW–want answered. You just want the specifics, minus the jargon. A syllabus that captivates students and gets them excited about the course you teach.

The problem is, students think our course syllabus is like a contract. And who can blame them for thinking that way, with its hefty requirements, policies, objectives, and outcomes? We forget the syllabus is often the first thing students see about us, so it can really affect the way they approach your course.

Yet most of us never really learned how to create one, especially one that ENGAGES. We adapt old versions written by some retired instructor years ago. It’s time we found a better way.

CREATE AN ENGAGING SYLLABUS: A Concise, 7-Step Guide for Professors gives you the roadmap you’ve always wanted. Here’s what it covers:

  • The right way to think of your syllabus (HINT: It’s not a contract)
  • How to make your tone and language more inviting
  • How to instantly captivate your students’ attention (HINT: avoid the formal “Course Description” language)
  • How to deal with the “boring” but required stuff (i.e., policies, outcomes, etc.)
  • How to leverage the way Generation Z reads and absorbs information
  • Powerful ways to capture visual appeal

Most importantly, this book includes TEMPLATES. Two of them.

You get a simply-designed, text-only version–for those who don’t want to mess around. You also get a more graphic version, for that extra WOW factor. Both will get students in the right frame of mind.

Written by Norman Eng–bestselling author of TEACHING COLLEGE: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students and PRESENTING: The Professor’s Guide to Powerful Communication–CREATE AN ENGAGING SYLLABUS takes a routine topic and gives it the makeover professors have been asking for. Find out the 7 simple steps to a winning syllabus in this power-packed, 62-paged book.

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What Others Have Said

In this work, Norman zeroes in on the pedestrian task of preparing a syllabus. Many instructors probably consider this endeavor as a straightforward delivery of information. I received many such documents as a student. They were comprised of a couple of typed pages with headings and bullet points. These drab documents never included compelling images or tantalizing hooks. What a missed opportunity! I typically scanned the syllabus and promptly forgot or lost it. Please remember, this is often a student’s first interaction with a professor. Wouldn’t it be worthy to alter your syllabus so it grabs students and draws them in? Wouldn’t it be better to build student engagement and excitement prior to the delivery of the first lesson? If your answer is yes, you picked up the right book!

JAMES STURTEVANT, Author & Podcaster, Hacking Engagement

Norman Eng is a breath of fresh air for teaching at the college level. “Create an Engaging Syllabus” will actually get you excited about writing your syllabus, and it will make your students excited to read it!

JENNIFER GONZALEZ, Editor-in-Chief at Cult of Pedagogy