Recently, I was introduced to the idea of a graphic syllabus. In her book The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (available at the OISE library), Linda B. Nilson, suggests that instructors can convey the relationships between course concepts directly through the syllabus.
In the winter 2012 semester, I will be teaching a 4th year course called Integrative Design Project at the Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology at the Mississauga campus. Incorporating a design element into a design course seems like something I should pursue.
To the left, I have posted my first attempt at graphically representing the knowledge domains that are covered in course readings and around which the assignments focus. For example, the major group assignments will involve students researching and designing a prototype of a website or digital interface to enhance a government service or democratic society more broadly. Their prototypes are expected to be user and citizen centric.