Here’s a quick link to a simple tool that you might find useful as you prepare your courses for next semester: Caleb McDaniel’s “Generic Syllabus Maker.” Simply enter the year, the dates for the first & last days of class, and the days your class meets; in response, this tool spits out a list of all of the dates your course will meet. There’s another version of this tool specifically for courses at Rice University, where Caleb teaches, and this version is somewhat more sophisticated. If you have some coding skills and would like to create a custom version for your own campus, the source code is available on GitHub.

Yes, the “Syllabus Maker” is pretty simple, but -- as this series of posts demonstrates -- simple things can often provide significant benefits.

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