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An extended graphic syllabus is an artifact that contains limited jargon within a visual representation of a traditional course outline (i.e. a classic graphic syllabus) and incorporates visual elements into other parts of the traditional syllabus (e.g. course policies, assessments) in order to hold and focus the students’ attention on the document. Its purpose is to give students a sense of the course’s “big picture”, to make their initial encounter with the course topics more meaningful, and to induce them to actually read and reference the syllabus throughout the semester. In addition to providing rationale for using extended graphic syllabi, this paper provides examples of classic graphic syllabi, describes how to create them, and offers examples of elements of extended graphic syllabi. Student perceptions of traditional and graphic syllabi are assessed.


This article was originally published in the Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research.

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