Elements of A Promising Syllabus:  First Steps Toward Creating a Natural Critical Learning Environment

Based on Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do.  Harvard University Press.  Cambridge, MA:  2004

In addition to the standard information about the professor and TA’s (name, contact information, etc.) the syllabus as promises would contain three elements.

 I. The Promises:  What kind of learning does your course promise your students?

Give me an example