2/13/03

Defeasible Syllabi


Would it be possible to start a class off with a syllabus that specified a certain list of readings,
tests, papers, rules, etc. with the idea that as the course progressed those readings and rules and evaluations
could be changed, modified, scrapped democratically? What a mess that would be. But within certain
limits, would it not be a way to improve a course (along with the course evaluations) without having to
wait until the course was over?

I've been entertaining the idea of having a small comment form on my online syllabus that would allow
students in the class to submit suggestions anonymously during the semester. "There are not enough readings."
"I wish we could read the Third Critique, too!" and so forth.

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