Course: Microeconomics 1101
About the project: Professor Moryl developed a graphic syllabus and concept map for Microeconomics 1101 in order to enhance student understanding and achievement of course and departmental learning goals.
Goals: The goal of the project was to promote “transparency in communicating to students the rationale behind assignments, evaluation and course structure.” Her previous syllabus was long and “unwieldy,” so that students had difficulty drawing connections between the concepts in the syllabus and the assignments of the course. In designing a graphic syllabus, her hope was that it would clarify these connections in order to “focus on the learning process and help students to assess their own preparation, and manage their learning.”
Outcome: The intended outcome is that it will improve student achievement in the course through their better understanding of the course objectives and material. It also will appeal to visual learners and help teach students to “communicate effectively, […] includ[ing] receiving and interpreting information through a variety of media.”
Process Reflection: “I have been teaching introductory microeconomics courses for more than ten years, so I found this process of developing a graphic syllabus and outcomes map a wonderful opportunity to step back and reflect on the course as a whole, particularly on the core concepts I want to convey and how those thread across the semester. I think that the clarity of my teaching in this course will be improved just by the process required to develop these tools for the students. “