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CITL Winter Book Study – “Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document that Changes Everything”

January 16, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


CITL is proud to have the 2020 President’s Award winner for Outstanding Teaching, Dr. Janna Rosales, host the Winter 2023 Teaching and Learning Book Study Group. Dr. Rosales, Associate Professor (Teaching) with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is calling all educators who want to delve deeper with effective teaching to join her in exploring the book Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document that Changes Everything by William Germano and Kit Nicholls (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Spoiler alert: The book wasn’t written to provide fast and easy “tips and tricks” for punching up your syllabus! It is a much deeper dive to help you reflect on how and why you teach — the book will help you think about your teaching more deeply, reveal things you may have taken for granted, make you question your assumptions about students, and shed new light on the future of university education more broadly.

By signing up for the book study you agree to attend all scheduled book study meetings (five dates across the Winter 2023 semester). Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Things you need to know:

  • You will read, explore and collaboratively discuss the book Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document that Changes Everything by William Germano and Kit Nicholls;
  • Registration is limited to 12 participants
  • An electronic copy of Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document that Changes Everything can be accessed through MUN Libraries.
  • The group will meet online for up to 75 minutes at the schedule noted below (all sessions scheduled for Mondays, 12-1:15pm)

Study schedule:

  • January 16 – Chapters 1 & 2 (49 pages)
  • February 6 – Chapters 3 & 4 (46 pages)
  • February 27 – Chapters 5 & 6 (46 pages)
  • March 20 – Chapter 7 & 8 (40 pages)
  • April 10 – Chapter 9 & wrap-up  (16 pages)

About the book:

Rather than offering a history of the syllabus, which awaits other scholars, Germano and Nicholls craft a powerful and unabashedly entertaining argument (an impressive feat for a book about a document that is often deadly boring) about how we can use our syllabuses to improve our teaching and our students’ learning.  Andrea Williams, University of Toronto

The following article and podcast links will share more about what you can expect from this book:

Registration will be open until January 9, 2023 or until all spaces have been reserved.


January 16, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


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