The editorial board of Student Life urges the Wash. U. administration to put better policies into place that require professors and departments to list more detailed descriptions of how classes will be run, whether through previous syllabi or a document outlining what the class will be structured like (effectively a less finished syllabus).
The Olin Business School’s course listings for the fall 2016 semester were unavailable for students on Feb. 22 when the list was released for the rest of the undergraduate schools.
Flipping through the course catalog is soon to be a thing of the past. As of next semester, course listings will be exclusively available online via courses.wustl.edu and through a link on WebSTAC. Coupled with the change is an online course listings redesign, which will be launched Oct. 1, according to the notice on WebSTAC.
Last week, course listings for the Spring 2012 semester came out. There was a wide variety of responses to this momentous occasion. Some were excited to see what was being offered; some were worried about what classes they would be taking. After that initial wave, everyone’s reactions boiled down to the same general one: How am I best going to plan out my life?
Course listings just got a little more interesting. This semester, certain course descriptions in the WUCrsL course listings contain links to the syllabi for those classes. This is the first of three phases of eSyllabi, which aims to create a central repository of all syllabi for students to reference before registering for classes.
Student Union Senators Joseph Marcus and Jake Novick have invented SyllabiCentral, a Web site that gathers syllabi from different University courses in one central location in order to give students a better sense of what classes offer.