What is a Syllabus?  Let’s consult dictionary.com:


The part of the definition that applies to education is the following: 

\”an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects of a course of lectures, the contents of a curriculum, etc.”


A Teaching/Learning-Oriented Seminar That I Attended:


From Teaching to Learning

Time/Location: Sept 27, 2004 213 UCE

Presenter: Neil Fleming


Neil Fleming was our special guest speaker at the Leadership Luncheon Series for September. Neil facilitated a discussion over breakfast, yes breakfast, with various campus leaders on the paradigm shift from teaching to learning that is occurring in American Universities.


Survey results rated the overall effectiveness of this workshop as "Good." However, all survey responders whole-heartedly agreed that our campus paradigm needs to shift to a great degree towards learning-centric? Obstacles to making this shift include an inadequate reward system for good teaching and the concern that this focus might become too time-intensive for the instructor.


Neil Fleming is retired Director of the Education Centre at Lincoln University, New Zealand. His major challenge there was improve the quality of learning and teaching through his own research and active staff development programs. He specializes in faculty workshops on student learning styles, evaluation, curriculum development, teaching improvement, professional development, assessment and innovations in learning. His biography as well as information on the VARK systems can be found at http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=biography .


Co-sponsored by New Faculty Teaching Scholars and Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation.









The main thing I took away from this seminar is the following:  



“When you walk by a classroom and you see someone lecturing at the board, that is the one person who is learning in that classroom at that moment."

~  Neil Flemming, 27 September, 2004, University Center East, University of Missouri Rolla




Some items from Quora that impinge upon the issue of how teaching is affected by the effort to please students as if they are clients: 


1.       https://www.quora.com/Why-is-American-math-education-so-abysmal-Why-dont-they-make-it-more-like-math-education-in-Asia-and-Eastern-Europe-that-involves-proofs-and-problem-solving/answer/Dimitri-Vulis?share=7e18b84b&srid=tbyW