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Q & A: SJC Standard Course Syllabus

Have you ever wondered why San Jacinto College creates a standard syllabus for each of its courses to be used by the faculty? We asked Dr. Catherine O’Brien, Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning, to help answer that question.

“Legislation requires all colleges to post the course syllabus online for students.  San Jacinto developed a single, district-wide syllabus template and a process whereby changes made in a single location can be pushed out in multiple formats.  That means that the course syllabus in SOS, as well as on the college website, reflects the most recent curriculum revisions.  The beauty of the system is that it also allows us to make a single revision to the honesty statement, emergency notification, the disability statement and other pertinent information, and it will be reflected in the next version of the course syllabus.   Each time a course section is created for fall, spring or summer, a new syllabus is simultaneously developed.  To this end, it is important for faculty to check their courses in SOS prior to each semester.”

Detailed instructions on the process is available via this link: Accessing Your Course Syllabus in SOS.

These instructions are also available within the basic template provided for each course in Blackboard. For additional assistance, contact your campus Instructional Designer.


2013 NMC Horizon Report Released

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) publishes the Horizon Report to share research on “the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative inquiry” in higher education. On February 4, the NMC realeased the 2013 Horizon Report. This is the tenth edition of the research project. Topics discussed in this year’s report include:

  • Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Tablet Computing
  • Games and Gamification
  • Learning Analytics
  • 3D Printing
  • Wearable Technology

If you would like to learn more about the integration of these technologies by other colleges and universities you can download and read the full report at http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed .

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk

Organization is a fundamental skill in being a successful student. Blackboard offers many tools to aid in organization – calendars, announcements, emails, and even the syllabus itself, but all of these components are teacher, and not student, initiated. This is not necessarily a negative for a course, but it doesn’t assist to develop the organization skills that are so often necessary in the work place. Plus, not all professors may take advantage of the organizational tools in their courses.

Fortunately there is a tool that enables the student to keep track of his/her own education through technology without having to rely on the LMS. I am speaking, of course, about Remember the Milk (www.rememberthemilk.com)! This website allows the user to enter assignments and tasks and be alerted through a variety of sources. Whether it’s a cell-phone, gmail, Twitter, etc., Remember the Milk will alert you. The basic software is free, but there is a small charge for some advanced features.

Remember the Milk allows the user to set, prioritize, monitor and close completion markers. It also allows for contact, location and planning information so that alignment with other users is easily accomplished to effectively coordinate information. As an instructor, I would highly recommend suggesting students to use this software.