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Do you ever consider the students
when you create a course syllabus?

Do you ask yourself …
who the students are?
what experiences they will bring to the course?
how those experiences will affect
their perceptions,
their interpretations,
their understanding –
their learning?

Do you consider the course
yours alone,
or will it be their course as well?

In what ways is it up to you to choose “content,”
given
that there is a vast body of knowledge,
controversy, and
interpretations
in your course’s subject matter –
too much for one short semester or even several?

What choices will you allow students
to co-create
their own syllabus,
their own questions,
their own foci,
their own learning
and the means to it?

Do you ask yourself
what,
years from now,
your students will have that is of value
from your course and whether,
at the end of their lives,
they will be
all the richer
for having experienced
time
with you
and
your course?

Can you be a bow to the arrows that are your students?

Are you a gardener or a warden?

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For some insights into the quest, see George Siemens and company. See also his description of Personal Knowledge Graphs.

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