August 23, 2014

Fall Courses - Bioarchaeology and Osteology

Starting Monday, I get to teach my dream-lineup of semester courses: Human Osteology (with lab) and Bioarchaeology.  In the spring, I went through the process of getting Bioarch on the books as a new course, and this will be the first time I've taught it since 2006.  And, believe me, the practice of bioarchaeology has changed a lot since then.

Since starting at UWF, when I noticed a program on my university-issued computer I'd never used before (Microsoft Publisher), I've been spiffing up my syllabi for every course.  Here are the first two pages for my Fall 2014 courses in Human Osteology and Bioarchaeology.  (And the full PDFs are on for Osteo and for Bioarch.)


Fancified Syllabi FAQs:
  • How'd you do this? I used templates in Microsoft Publisher.
  • How long did it take?  Probably 10 hours per syllabus to typeset.
  • Can I steal this idea?  By all means, steal away!
  • Are the students more likely to read and keep the syllabus? Not the intro students, no. Upper division students do seem to appreciate it, but perhaps they would already have kept it? Someone do a study of this, with control groups and such!
Happy fall semester, everyone!


thesebonesofmine said...

That is great news, the courses look fantastic. Enjoy teaching them!

Rachel Perash said...

I like the idea of making the syllabi more appealing but they do seem a little distracting to me. Anyway, your lineup this semester seems awesome!

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