So…what, exactly, does a digital photography or graphic design course syllabus look like when:

Well, it is a tricky situation, to be sure, but I’ve got some tips to set you off in the right direction. I’ve even got a sample syllabus that you can use as a template for your own classroom!

still think it is important to have a document handed out to students telling them what they can expect from you and the way that your classroom is run. Even if everything changes and the world flips upside down again. They may not exactly thank you, but a sense of routine and stability that is provided by a syllabus is important for a student’s security.

A quality digital photography or graphic design syllabus should include all of the following:

Then after all that, I like to add a contract at the end that they need to sign, and have their parents sign, and return to you. This could be the first grade in your book, if you like. It also serves as security for you if they say, “I never knew that I couldn’t turn in assignments 3 days late!”

Now to address the obvious…going over the school syllabus is…well, boring! There are certainly things that can be done to spice it up a bit. You could play “syllabus trivia” after you go through it. This serves as a fun diversion and helps them fully understand what is in the syllabus. You could take a break in the middle and do a fun icebreaker activity, but whatever you do, don’t skip going over it entirely! They need to know what to expect going into your class, especially now that so many things are so uncertain!

Before we part….the elephant in the room, what do you put in the syllabus when you know that things are likely to completely change at a moment’s notice if the CDC decides something different?

Well, a clause at the end saying “Please note that some of these things are subject to change if there is a change in school policy or a COVID crisis update” would do nicely. 🙂 

My point here is that you need to provide a sense of normalcy for your students, especially since so much of their lives have been abnormal lately!

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